The holiday season is a time of year when we tend to over eat! Do you know why? An obvious reason is the abundance of food that is so easily accessible; cookies, pies, eggnog, and turkey with all the trimmings. Everywhere you look there are luscious and delicious desserts, staring back at you. While the presence of these foods makes you have cravings and overeat, the real reason is stress. It makes you crave sugary, fatty foods and weakens your ability to make good choices. Below are 6 healthy eating tips to help you get through the busy holiday season and beyond.
1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A hearty breakfast fuels the body for the day’s activities. I know it’s hard, but you have to really try to not miss this meal! This will help set the tone for how you cope with the stress of the day.
2. Do your best to consume nutrient dense whole foods. They will keep you satisfied for longer periods of time. Processed foods are low in nutrient value and full of chemicals and additives.
3. Make your own pre-packaged goodies. Invest in some reusable containers, and prepare your meals and snacks in advance. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer and voila! Instant healthy grab and go snacks and meals with nothing artificial in sight.
4. Menu planning is great! Not only does it organize meal preparation, but it also decreases product waste and helps you make better choices. Plan what you will make for the week before you go grocery shopping.
5. Don’t forget about leftovers. They are great for a quick dinner the next night or even a quick lunch for you to eat at work.
6. Smoothie lovers can prep in advance too. Make your shakes the night before and store them in an air tight container. This is a great way to get in many of your fruit and vegetable requirements for the day.
So many of us juggle busy lives; family, busy work schedule and trying to make time for ourselves, which can have us longing to be healthier. Poor nutrition or health, lack of exercise and sleep can leave us over exhausted, overwhelmed, overweight and essentially living very un-healthy lives, especially at this time of year with all the temptations and rushing around. By adopting some of these tips and even applying them year round, you might be able to avoid having to set those new year’s resolutions to shed those extra pounds!
Remember, each day is a new opportunity to make smart meal and snack decisions, giving you the opportunity to improve your life, health and overall feeling one bite at a time. This is your first step to the new you!
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Happy, healthy eating for this holiday season and the new year.