How are you doing with the #HealthyRD Challenge? I hope you are doing well!What is the Healthy RD Challenge?
This is my challenge for each of us to take one step a day on the road to being healthier . . . the healthy road or #HealthyRD if you will. If you participate in the #HealthyRD challenge, make sure you use the hashtag #HealthyRD and tag or tweet me, @RDtipoftheday, for a chance to be featured! I am sharing the five healthy choices I'm making each day this week. Here's a reminder of what I did for the Healthy RD Challenge last week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6. Check out the links to get ideas on living a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy RD Challenge: Day 7
Yesterday, I cooked dinner at home, which is my #HealthyRD Day 7 healthy choice. I
enjoy cooking at home. When you cook at home, you have a lot more control in what you eat. You choose the ingredients. You choose the portion size. And, this can be extremely helpful for weight management. You know what ingredients you selected to cook. And, you know how much you want to eat and can choose appropriate portions for yourself.
Don't get me wrong. You can make healthy choices when you eat out. But, you definitely have more control of your food when you cook them yourself. Also, you can save a ton of money when you cook at home. Restaurants charge you for the food, service, and many other things that add up to an increased cost to you.
I find that cooking is one of my creative outlets, which is an added benefit of cooking at home. I think it amazing how you can combine flavors to complement one another, make things taste better, and eat things you normally wouldn't otherwise. For example, I don't know anyone who would sit down to eat 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil, 2 tablespoons of raw flour, and 1/2 cup chicken stock. But if you cook those ingredients together, you get a beautiful roux. A roux is a the base for a sauce, soup, or etoufee.
So, you can make healthy choices when you cook for yourself or when you choose to eat away from the home. How will you choose to be healthy today?
Check with your personal RD or MD before starting a new diet or exercise program to make sure it is healthy, safe, and the right choice for you.