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Marisa Moore's Pantry Makeover Tips For Healthy Eating In 2012

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 01/ 5/2012 9:26 am Updated: 01/ 5/2012 1:39 pm

Whether you believe in new year resolutions or not, January is as good a time as any to take stock of where you are on those promises you've made to be your best self, says Marisa Moore, registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

Her approach, however, unlike the improbable goals we feel compelled to make this time of year (or whenever we watch one of those Oprah's "Lifeclass" classes), take just one month at a time to see through and are easy enough to track in a journal or with an accountability partner you can trust. "Come February 1, or sometimes January 10, people have forgotten about new year resolutions," Moore says. "I find that if you have something to hold yourself accountable, either in writing or to a friend, it makes a huge difference," she adds.

And while willpower (or a lack of) is typically to blame for not sticking to our healthy living resolutions, Moore believes success hinges more on the environment you create to help make those goals happen.

Here, she shares her tips on creating an environment you'll look forward to eating healthy in this January and beyond.

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Keep a few numbers in mind when doing so, Moore recommends:

You'll want to limit your sodium to 1500-2300 for the entire day. "If you look at a can of soup and it has 900mg of sodium, that's probably not going to fit very well into your day," Moore says. And, many often contain more than one serving as well.

Trans fats should be zero, Moore says, and is something you want to eliminate from your diet altogether.

And for the average person, 20 grams of saturated fat per day should be your limit.