Nothing says summer quite like homemade ice cream, delicious pasta salads and my favorite cauliflower and broccoli salad, but unfortunately many people have to avoid these scrumptious foods because of the gastrointestinal problems that they cause. Registered dietitian Lyssa Weiss joined me for an interview recently to dish on how people can enjoy their favorite foods, the most common mistakes people make with summer eating, healthy snacks, weight loss and more!
Candace Rose: What are some of the most common mistakes people make with summer eating?
Lyssa Weiss: “Candace, one of the most common mistakes people make with summer eating is depriving themselves because then what happens is you end up actually increasing or heightening the craving the very food you’re trying to avoid.
What’s really funny (I have to say) is a lot of us are avoiding foods that are really good for us because of symptoms that they cause – bloating or gas or pressure, and we don’t need to do that any longer. Now we can enjoy some of our favorite foods that are healthy – our cruciferous vegetables, our dairy, beans, whole grains…and all we need to do is take Beano +Dairy Defense. This is great because what they’ve done is they have taken two natural enzymes and a natural lactose aid and they’ve combined it with the gas prevention of Beano. Now you get help breaking down your favorite healthy foods like the ones here as well as with the symptoms of discomfort, and it couldn’t be easier. All you do is you take a tablet right before the meal, it comes in a really good raspberry sorbet flavor, and you’re good to go. You can pick it up anywhere nationwide at stores like Walgreens and RiteAid. Now you don’t need to avoid any of these really good foods and we can talk about why you would be avoiding unhealthier foods.”
Candace Rose: What are some of our healthy alternatives for some of our favorite summer foods?
Lyssa Weiss: “Let’s talk about one that is everywhere I go- temptation, I can’t avoid it, which is ice cream. Ice cream is the most popular summer food or one of them, and I have a great alternative. It’s Greek frozen yogurt. I love this because half a cup is only 100 calories or less (depending upon where you get it or what brand it is). It has half the sugar of ice cream and it has six grams of protein, so you actually feel good eating it. What I love to do is I love to put some berries on it for some extra fiber and/or some nuts and extra protein, and I really feel good about having a frozen treat instead of feeling really guilty and worrying about getting into my bathing suit after I eat it.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the tricks of the trade?
Lyssa Weiss: “Portion control is one of the most important things you can do to avoid overindulgence. One of my favorite tricks is to use an ice cream scoop for your starch portions. One scoop is a quarter cup or about 50 calories of a starch – your rice, your pasta, your couscous, your corn or two scoops is half a cup or 100 calories. This is really easy, you don’t have to go looking through the drawer for all the measuring cups – just take this out and you’re good to go. It’s really sensible portion control.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Lyssa Weiss: “Yes, Candace. If anyone has gotten away from healthy eating because they’ve gotten carried away with the summer temptations, start keeping a food record. Right away you can see where your falling off track and get yourself organized.
I also recommend if you’re hanging around the kitchen a lot lately, get your tushie out of the kitchen. Location is everything when it comes to weight loss. The longer you hang around, the more likely you’re going to eat. We eat with our eyes and not with our stomachs. Just remove yourself from the most tempting place where the food is, which is the kitchen.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Lyssa Weiss: “Sure, Candace. Just go to my website TheSkinnyJeansDiet.com. I have all of these tips and tricks as well a ton more there.