Many of us have tried “diets” that ask you to count calories or restrict portions. These approaches aren’t sustainable because they leave you feeling deprived, hungry, and wanting more. Calorie Density is simply a measurement of a food’s calorie content relative to its weight or volume. Most whole plant foods have a naturally low calorie density yet they’re also rich in nutrients, making these foods ideal for maintaining a healthy weight. Research shows that we all eat about the same total weight of food per day, so when we choose foods with a low calorie density, we can eat more and thus feel full and satisfied while simultaneously reducing overall caloric intake. For example, for the same amount of calories in a mere 1/4 cup of raisins you could eat 2 whole cups of scrumptious grapes - now which do you think would be more filling? Once we understand the principles of Calorie Density we can better grasp how some foods better nourish and satiate our bodies which then helps us make better food choices, plan healthier meals, and establish a lifelong habit of healthy eating.
Join us to find out more about this simple, common-sense approach to healthy weight loss. We’ll talk about common “triggers” that can knock you off track and look at strategies for curbing unhealthy food cravings. You’ll take home a number of recipes to help you get started, and even get to taste a few sample dishes in class. We’ll also recommend a variety of resources to provide ongoing support as you make these healthy lifestyle changes.