Healthy Moments Episode

Fighting the Urge to Splurge

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Oct 21, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers provides strategies to eat healthy and still enjoy an occasional splurge.


​Do you ever have cravings and wonder how you can eat healthy and still enjoy french fries, meat, and sweets? I have some tips.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Eating healthy is one way to stay at a healthy weight. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t splurge every once in a while.

When you eat a meal high in fat, pay attention to portion size. For instance, eat a small serving of french fries instead of a large one and try not to eat them every day.

Keep in mind, one serving of meat is 3 ounces – about the size of a deck of cards. Bake or broil instead of frying. Add fruit at the end of a meal if you are still hungry.

When you do eat sweets and desserts, choose options that are low in fat and sugar.

Join me again next week for more tips and follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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