Balance and Moderation

Check out the Hershey's Moderation Nation website to get tips on balancing health and wellness.

There's a 5K run and 2-mile walk on July 12th to help you get started.  David Grotto, fellow Registered Dietitian and spokesperson for Hershey's Moderation Nation, will be staffing a booth at the race.  Here are some tips from him:

·         In preparing for the Race to Taste, don’t deprive yourself of foods you love but remember that eating in moderation is key. Portion controlled snacks are an essential part of daily balanced eating. Sticking to 100-200 calorie portions enables you to have your treat and eat it too!

·         Be sure to eat a healthy and filling meal about an hour before putting on your running shoes. A good rule of thumb is to eat a small plate (9” diameter) with a combination of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy products. Eat a good protein and carbohydrate source within 20 minutes of finishing the race to repair muscles and replenish glycogen stores.

·         During the race, make sure to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink about ½ cup of water for every 15 minutes of running.

·         What’s a perfect post-race beverage? Try an 8 oz. glass of low-fat chocolate milk after crossing the finish line.  The drink is full of carbohydrates and proteins that will help replenish tired muscles.

·         If you are planning on attending the Taste of Chicago after the Race to Taste, don’t undo your calories burned by eating everything that is offered to you.  But don’t deprive yourself either. Deprivation of foods only makes cravings stronger. Seek out the samples you find most appetizing and allow yourself to enjoy!

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