Slowly improving eating habits

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Registered: 09-02-2004
Slowly improving eating habits
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Tue, 12-23-2008 - 1:26pm

I have a new client who rated herself 5/10 in terms of nutrition habits. So the first thing I had her do was give me a 3 day food journal.

I think 5/10 is being generous, her eating is atrocious!!

Her day goes something like this:

Breakfast: muffin & coffee
Snack: 6 cookies
Lunch: KFC
Snack: Cinnabon
Dinner: rice and meat

My problem is ...where to start making changes? I don't want her to be overwhelmed.

So far the only suggestion I have made is to eat 1 serving of veggies per day. It's small, but it's a start. Any other suggestions for baby steps?



I'm also going to print out this article for her.



Edited 12/23/2008 1:30 pm ET by somerandomthoughts




Lilypie First Birthday tickers
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 1:51pm

Wow, where to start with that diet... I like that article. It might help for her to go to mypryamid.gov and see what would be ideal for her but emphasize that it takes time to get there.






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Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 4:04pm

Perhaps the other smallish change I would suggest would be to change out her Cinnabon snack to something healthier - perhaps some fruit and cheese. But, you're right to start small. People respond so much better when it's not whole hog overnight.

And hey, at least she's already eating multiple times a day. :D

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 4:39pm

I would show her this, as cinnabon goes:







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Registered: 09-02-2004
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 6:22pm
That actually doesn't look right. Only 1g of sugar?




Lilypie First Birthday tickers
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 6:38pm

You're right. There are no trans fats. I didn't know they used real butter.


Try this one:


Nutritional Information



Measurement Unit
7.7





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Registered: 07-09-2008
Tue, 12-23-2008 - 7:29pm

YIKES.

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Registered: 12-15-2008
Wed, 12-24-2008 - 1:17pm
May I suggest? If she likes yogurt, it is a nutritious way to substitute junk snacks. Instead of cinnabon or a doughnut, she may eat a 6 oz portion of yogurt with granola in it.

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