Looking to make some positive healthy diet in the New Year? Registered dietitian and “The Skinny Jeans Diet” author, Lyssa Weiss joined me for an interview recently to discuss how you can create healthy new habits this year, and her favorite meal swaps!
Candace Rose: What are some simple changes that we can make for better health habits this new year?
Lyssa Weiss: “Well, Candace, 92% of us are going to fail at those resolutions, so we really want to find the secret to not being part of that statistic. I’ve found the secret is to think small, and then ramp up from there. Today I’ve brought you some really small effective ways for you to eat better and watch your weight.”
Candace Rose: So what else can we do to make sure our goals are attainable?
Lyssa Weiss: “One of the first things you want to do is think about replacing some of the junk food snacks in your diet with fresh fruit. I love new wonderful Halos. They are California grown mandarins, they’re sweet, seedless, easy to peel and great for the kids. I send these in the lunchbox with my kids- they can actually peel them themselves at school. They’re also great for us, parents. I fill them in my food bag and take them wherever I go on the run. That’s a really good place to start. Swap out the junk food and replace it with fresh fruit.”
Candace Rose: What else do people go wrong when making their New Year’s resolutions?
Lyssa Weiss: “Another thing we do is we don’t think about the added sugar in our diets. That’s a really, really easy way to eat better and watch our weight. You want to swap out the added sugar in our diets and we want to replace it with a no-calorie sweetener such as Splenda. I really love Splenda because you can use it anywhere you would use sugar. The Splenda brand is also trying to help us keep our New Year’s resolutions, so they have set up a place where we can visit, it’s called 365sweetswaps.com, you can go there and you can find daily small diet tips and tricks that you can use throughout the year so you can see some big results in 2014. They get you started with your morning latte and they take you all the way through to your late night kettle corn snack. The recipes are all on the site.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for those of us who ate way too much sugar and junk food over the holidays?
Lyssa Weiss: “What you want to do is you don’t want to feel deprived, so what you really aim to use is take your favorite foods that weren’t so good for you or the recipes that you loved or maybe a little high on the fat and sugar and calories, and you want to make them healthier. You want to slenderize them, and a really good way to do that (this is a pantry staple in my house) is to use something like these Athen’s mini fillo shells. I love these because these are crispy fully baked fillo shells that you literally take out of the box, you fill with your favorite filling and then you serve them. Two of them have 30 calories, zero transfat and they look so elegant. You can use these for anything- from your appetizer to your dessert. Here we have sloppy joes made with turkey meat instead of beef, and here you have for dessert – peanut butter cups (please see video for details). That’s another way you can make your favorites a little bit healthier.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Lyssa! Where can we go for more information?
Lyssa Weiss: “Go to TheSkinnyJeansDiet.com to get really realistic diet tips and tricks throughout the entire year, just think small and specific goals, and you will have an easier time meeting those New Year’s resolutions.”