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New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Those of us who live in Louisiana have been told for years we are not a very healthy state. Our Nolan Crane spoke with a dietitian and a man who changed his eating habits four years ago for some advice.

Instead of making a New Year's Resolution this year, Kendall Guice is sticking to what worked last year, which means he'll be spending more time in the kitchen preparing all of his meals at home.

"You have to have small portions throughout the day. Five meals, six meals a day small portions and you need to be accurate with it, not just assumptions," said Kendall Guice.

Although Guice uses a scale to measure what he eats, others want to change their eating habits by keeping it simple.

"What I've decided to do this year is to replace my coffee habit with maybe a green tea or some type of other herbal tea that is really high in antioxidants," said Brandi Chambless.

Dietitians know it's hard for people to change bad eating habits but they say it's important for us to make an effort.

"We rank 48th as the least healthy, so 34.7 percent of people in Louisiana are obese so you know that's quite a large number. We rank 50th as the state with the most obese people. 46th I think when it came to smoking and 48th when it came to diabetes," said Katie Dean.

You don't have to stay away from fast food completely in order to reach your New Year's Resolution.

"Cut out the fries but stick with something that's protein like a chicken nugget," said Chambless.

You also don't have to be as diligent as Guice and weigh everything you eat and learn to love kale in order to eat healthier. But with 2014 a couple of hours away you can set any goal you want.

 

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