Here we go. It’s that time of year again, when our pants mysteriously start getting tighter.
I started to think, more recently, about how much I need to exercise and watch what I am eating. This time of year is hard. Halloween beckons in weeks of candy eating. Thanksgiving welcomes us with open arms to fill our bellies and leave us feeling totally useless for hours at a time. We are so grateful for it! Then we continue into Christmas eating goodies at any and every opportunity all the while telling ourselves that we will begin the new year with resolutions to eat better, exercise more, etc.
Why not start now? Not to say that I will avoid the goodies…I’m not quite that strong yet. 🙂 But, if you knew that there was something that you could eat that would help stop winter weight gain…would you include it in your smorgasbord?
I’m talking winter squash. Research shows that getting more vegetable fiber into the diet could help prevent an expanding waist. It may even help people drop a few pounds. So go ahead — eat up.
“Be it butternut, acorn, or delicata, winter squash has a lot going for it nutritionally”, writes Jonny Bowden in his book The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Squash is high not only in fiber — about 6 grams of fiber per cup of mash — but also in water. That means you can eat lots and feel full without going overboard on calories. Just hold the butter and brown sugar, of course. (This doesn’t sound so fun..but it is possible.)
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Whole grains are another good source of weight-controlling fiber. So why not make it a two-for-one by combining roasted squash with a toasty high-fiber grain like bulgur or quinoa.
Don’t wait until next year! Jump-start a healthy eating plan right now.