It is the dawn of a new season that will have most Americans start packing on the pounds! I’m talking about Halloween, trick or treating for chocolate and candy, and maybe even stealing from your kid’s treat bags to have a taste. Let’s not forget what is lurking around the corner, a Thanksgiving feast to swell your belly, and of course, my favorite, Christmas cookies and candy canes.
Fortunately, you are reading this before you gain those extra ten pounds. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you eat healthier than ever!
Tip #1: Eat a balanced diet of whole foods! Whole foods are unrefined and unprocessed foods without added ingredients like salt and sugar. They do not have added components that may harm our bodies like artificial flavors and food additives.
Trick #1: It’s easy to shop for whole foods because they are located AROUND the aisles of the grocery store- meats, seafood, and produce. Whole foods are the freshest and do not require a nutrition label.
Tip #2: Increase your fruit and vegetable intake! Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals essential to your body and are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, which will keep you full for longer and help you lose weight!
Trick #2: Don’t like your veggies? Put them in a blender with some berries! Berries are the best way to mask the taste of bitter vegetables and making a smoothie filled with a variety of fruit and vegetables is a fast and easy way to get all your nutrients.
Tip #3: Reduce, but do not eliminate! You may have heard of popular fad diets that eliminate an entire food group, but this can be dangerous. Low fat and low carb diets should be avoided because you will naturally crave those foods more, and this will lead you to binge on them, which is worse than eating them in moderation. All types of foods have different roles in the body for it to function at an optimal level, so it’s beneficial to eat a variety.
Trick #3: Start by reducing portion sizes of unhealthy foods and not eating them as often. Instead of quitting fast food and soda all together, make several goals to taper them off each month, and you’ll feel better and have a higher chance of succeeding!
Food fuels our bodies and gives us the energy to do our best! Therefore, we should eat the best foods so we feel the best we can. Eating healthy isn’t about what you need to cut out or stop eating, but instead, what foods you should start to increase in your diet. Doing so will help you achieve the healthiest you!
What about YOU? Do you have any helpful tips to eating healthy this holiday season? Leave your comment below.