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04/23/07 - Lufkin

Picking the Right Diet

by Jessica Cervantez

Whether you are in the school cafeteria, work cafeteria, or at a hospital cafeteria, you have lots of choices when it comes to food. You have your healthy meals, and well your not so healthy meals.

Just because you are on the go, doesn't mean you have to eat junk food.

Omaka Pool, who works at Memorial hospital in Lufkin, said, "I'll probably eat a salad today and some soda water."

With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about going on a diet. But with so many weight loss plans to choose from, like the low carb, the low fat, the high protein diet, and many others, picking the right one for you can be a challenge. Most dieticians recommend using a combination of the diets.

Tim Scallon, the director of clinical nutrition at memorial hospital in Lufkin, said, "Why not restrict the carbs and fats that are less healthy and include the ones that offer health benefits?  For example, when looking at carbohydrates, choose a fresh fruit instead of a rich dessert, whole grain bread instead of white bread, healthy whole grain cereals instead of sugar cereals, and milk or calcium fortified orange juice instead of soft drinks."

And, of course, make sure you watch your portion size, too much of a good thing, could be bad. Another tip, eating several small meals a day can keep you from feeling so hungry and indulging in huge meals later.

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