I recently read a great article in Fitness Magazine online and took some notes for you. I notice a trend – little meat, except fish, and lots of veggies. Oh, and most enjoy their wine, so enjoy yours as well!
Here are some tips from other countries to stay in great shape this winter.
Eat slowly and savor every bite. Most people there take over 40 mins just to eat their lunch. Speaking of lunch, make lunch the biggest meal, and have a tiny sweet treat after a meal to signal eating time is over. Everything in moderation, so you can have a little cheese and wine like they do, and still be fine.
Start with soup at each meal (broth or miso), this makes you feel fuller longer and eat less of your meal. Get colorful. They try to incorporate 5 colors – red, blue, green, yellow, white and black into every meal. This means more chances to get fruits/veggies in each meal, which means more filling fiber. They also only eat until they’re 80 percent full.
Eat lots of fish. They eat a lot of herring, tuna, salmon, mackerel, and cod, which all offer heart-healthy omega-3s. The Nordic diet is full of vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms- the kind of produce that is heavier and last longer. They also eat rye bread instead of wheat which has soluble fiber to lower cholesterol and reduce blood sugar spikes.
Include lots of EVOO, wine, fresh veggies, and fish. They limit meat and most cooks are all about fresh herbs and spices including basil, dill, bay leaf, fennel, and mint. Using herbs and spices instead of fat and butter allows you to pack a lot of flavor into a low-calorie punch.
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