How to Eat Your Way Thru the Holidays

The beginning of the holiday season always seems to start around Halloween. The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and we start to get busier with all of the holiday parties and preparations.

However, with all of this going on, it is no wonder that we sometimes get moody, lack energy and pack on the pounds. So, what can we do? We’ve got a few tips that will help you stay healthy while still enjoying the holiday cheer.

Tip #1
Start the day with lean protein, such as eggs, tofu, nuts, lean meats, beans or nut butters. Protein helps maintain blood sugar levels so your energy doesn’t fluctuate so much and will help reduce your cravings for things that are not very nutritious.  Eating a balance of clean protein and healthy fats with veggies at each meal and snack will control cravings.

Tip #2
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Water helps with weight loss, achy joints, digestion, skin, energy and a host of other benefits.

Tip #3
Before going to a holiday party, make sure you eat before you leave the house.  This will maintain your blood sugar levels in a balanced fashion and you will want less of the high sugar, high fat holiday treats. Also, drink an eight-ounce glass of water before arriving.

Tip #4
Portion Control! Portion Control! This is very important. It is not about depriving yourself – it’s about controlling how much you eat. A portion of your main course should be no bigger than a deck of cards and the side dishes no bigger than one heaping tablespoon. Once you have cleared your plate, wait 10 minutes before you take another serving, which is about the time it takes for your body to realize it is full. Also, make sure you chew your food thoroughly. Between each bite, lower your fork to the table and let it sit there until all of the food is chewed and swallowed. Another way to control portions is to use a smaller plate.

Tip #5
Exercise before you go to a holiday party. Your metabolism is raised after you workout and will then burn food more quickly. It also may help reduce your cravings.

Tip #6
Don’t like to exercise? Buy a walking pedometer and wear it every day from the time you wake up until you go to bed. Make sure you log at least 10,000 steps. Be dedicated and don’t end your day short.  Studies show that by just adding “movement” to your day, (parking further away, taking the stairs etc.) you will lose an extra 3-5 pounds per month.

Tip #7
Make sure if you indulge, you have fiber with it, such as fruits and vegetables.   Eating 25-35 grams of fiber a day from veggies and fruits will lower your risk of high cholesterol and colon cancer among other things.  If you can, stay away from eat sugar items, white flour, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated fats.

Tip #8
Supplement your diet. The American Medical Association states that everyone should supplement their diets to ensure they are getting all the daily nutrients needed and to lessen their chances of disease. Everyone should be on a multi-daily blend, a very high antioxidant product, and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3.  I recommend Ultra Vitality, Genesis and Advanced Omega.  Click Here for more information.

About the Author:
Beth Schupanitz is a Registered Nutrition Consultant and Holistic Health Coach . For more information about this article or nutritional supplements for adults and children, please contact Beth at 612 804-6675 or beth@inspiringhealthsolutions.com or www.inspiringhealthsolutions.com

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