Far too often we find ourselves eating in an undisciplined fashion, but week five of the Lose and Win For Life classes held at the Portsmouth Public Library(PPL) dealt with ‘Planning Ahead For Healthy Eating.’
Facilitated by Dawn Richards, Richards, RN at SOMC, and Katie Williams, Publicity and Program Manager at PPL, Williams said the topics discussed in session five was useful information for daily living.
“One of the important things that we talked about this week was with the topic, ‘Planning Ahead For Healthy Eating,’ and the main focus on the planning ahead part that we talked about was how it is really important to pack your lunch for work,” Williams said. “By doing this, you’re not tempted to eat out at fast food restaurants, or to eat junk food that’s available there, to have healthy snacks with you at all times, maybe keep some in your car, or in your desk drawer or purse.”
Creating and utilizing a grocery list on a regular basis was examined as well.
“We also talked about creating a grocery list, and how important it is to meal plan ahead of time,” Williams said. “Maybe sit down a week before, write up a meal plan, come up with your grocery list. We also got some samples of some grocery items that show you which ones are important to have in your pantry and have available at all times, so that way you are more prepared for that healthy eating.”
When grocery shopping, we have the propensity to grab items off of the shelf without knowledge of their true content.
“Label-reading was also one of our focuses in this session. A lot times people have a very hard time with that, there’s a lot of information on there, and it can be pretty overwhelming when you look on the back of the label and see everything that’s on it,” Williams said. “So we just went over that and how to be familiar with that, knowing what ingredients are important to get enough of, and what ones you should maybe limit and keep a better eye on.”
As it pertains to label-reading on food items, Williams said her own person rule of thumb is to take a look at the ingredients, and if she cannot pronounce words contained in the ingredients on the label, then she will refrain from eating it.
Patricia Parker, of Portsmouth, has been attending the Lose and Win For Life sessions, and said they have been very beneficial.
“I have really enjoyed being a part of the Lose and Win For Life sessions,” Parker said. “I have been learning a lot about adopting a healthier lifestyle. In this last class, the discussion of having a healthy pantry, and your refrigerator checklist, if you keep these certain foods and items in your pantry and in your refrigerator, when its time to prepare your meals, it is right there for you and enables you to plan wisely. You don’t have to have that excuse of running back and forth to the store, because if you do you’re going to pick up a lot of things that you don’t need.”
The Lose and Win For Life classes are being offered free of charge at the PPL Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. for four more sessions.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.