Slices of apple pie…we’re looking at you! Fall is a wonderful time of year. The weather is cooling off, the leaves are changing, and sweaters are coming out of hibernation.
But it can be super easy to eat more comfort foods (meaning, fattening) and get sucked into a weight gain cycle…just in time for the holidays to arrive.
Know what to nix with these super helpful tips I’ve gathered from around the web.
Pie: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Sweet potatoes and pumpkins are known for their deep orange color and their antioxidants. But when you add sugar, crust, and heavy cream the results can be less than nutritious.
Sugar causes a process in the body called glycation, which can result in wrinkles in the skin. Sugar can also cause a host of other unwanted side effects such as weight gain, blood sugar spikes, and fatigue (once blood sugar returns to normal).
According to an article on the SELF Magazine website, the following pies are ones to stay away from:
- Pecan Pie
- Apple Pie
Your best choice is pumpkin pie. The magazine goes on to suggest baking an apple in the oven instead with a modest sprinkling of cinnamon & brown sugar or graham cracker sprinkles. Look on recipe-centric sites such as Pinterest for healthy versions of pumpkin and other pies so you can still enjoy the flavors of fall without the guilt.
Veggies: Eat This and Forget About That!
Vegetables such as squashes and sweet potatoes are adorning our tables this time of year. Sweet potatoes are often times loaded up with brown sugar, butter, and sometimes marshmallows, too! This takes a would-be healthy dish to another level.
Choose whole, baked sweet potatoes over a recipe that has the above ingredients added. This will help you get the nutrients and the flavor you love without adding unnecessary calories.
Butternut squash is another bounty of the season. However, once it’s been used in a cream-based soup, it can be less than healthy. Heavy cream, butter, and cheese are often times found in recipes for butternut squash soup. Find a healthier low-fat, lower-sodium recipe. Or, chop and bake squash, let it cool, and create a cold salad with other fall ingredients (dried cranberries & walnuts) that burst with flavor.
A Healthy Diet is Especially Important for Post-Lipo Patients
After laser liposuction or tumescent non-laser liposuction on the abdomen, studies have shown that deep visceral fat can increase in patients that do not exercise or eat a calorie-conscious diet post-operatively.
Please do some additional research and speak with your doctor or a Registered Dietitian or nutritionist to make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet.
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*This information is not to be used as medical advice or in place of seeking the advice and treatment from a medical doctor. Always see your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health or before starting a diet or exercise routine.