Commit To Be Fit - A trip to the grocery store - - Jackson, MS

Commit To Be Fit - A trip to the grocery store

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Maintaining your desired weight depends on two important elements: diet and exercise.

I take a trip to the grocery store with the registered dietician who is helping me Commit To Be Fit

In an earlier report, I showed you what my food choices are on St. Dominic's Healthy Weight Advantage program.

The foods are pre-packaged, well balanced meal replacements, high protein shakes and oatmeal.

But this is not a forever menu, so registered dietician Blair Wright agreed to take me grocery shopping to help me make healthier decisions. 

The shopping cart seems to have a mind of its own when it approaches those delicious goodies we know are bad for us, but it doesn't.

You are in control. 

I have many questions about so many foods, I only asked Wright for a few examples of things people commonly eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For example, cereal and milk: 

"When you're looking for cereals or anything like that, you first want to make sure that you're getting carbohydrates, protein and fiber," Wright said. "We want to do more of a skim or a low fat type of milk like a 1-percent." 

Like any good southerner, I appreciate a fine plate of grits, eggs and sausage for breakfast. 

"Sausage is very high in fat. It's high in saturated fat. Saturated is that bad fat," Wright said. "The fat that affects our arteries and helps cause some of those cardiovascular diseases, so we want to be careful with sausage."

So, it's lunchtime, now, and you want a sandwich.

Wright says less processed, deli fresh meat is best.

As for the bread: 

"When we're picking bread, we want to make sure that it's got a 100-percent, that whole grain," Wright said.

Dinner time and I'm a big fan of steak. 

"You can have steak. We do want to try to choose, more often, of our lean cuts of meat," Wright said. "We want to choose some options like our poultry, our fish and our shell fish." 

She says it's best to trim off any visible fat and remove the skin on poultry.

Preparation is key, also.

As hard as it may seem in the Deep South, find an alternative to frying. 

"Grilling, broiling, baking; all of those are good techniques to use so you have to, not only choose a healthier meat, but you also got to choose a healthier cooking technique," Wright suggested.

Of course, fresh vegetables are always good, though Wright says watch the starchy stuff like potatoes and corn.

So, what about your favorite alcoholic beverage?

I asked her if that is a "no-no" and do we have to give that up completely, too? 

"No, when you're trying to watch your weight, you do want to limit your amount of alcohol, because alcohol has a little more calories," Wright said. 

So, when you when you select healthier foods, consume them in proper proportions and add exercise, expect the unwanted pounds to come off and stay off. 

"If your health is important, then you'll commit to be fit," said Like fitness expert Ross Gordon.

Don't forget to register for the 8k On The Parkway Run/Walk on May 28th.

Just go to our website and click on the Commit To Be Fit page, print out the form and send it in.

I'll see you there.

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