Three Easy Ways to Eating Healthy During the HolidaysLisanne Wellness Center
If you’ve ever tried a diet program, you likely know holidays are the worst times to keep up. It is hard to change your eating habits and lose weight. In fact, while many diet programs work while you’re following them, most people gain the weight back right during the holidays ends because they tend to their old eating habits.
Losing weight and keeping it up is about more than going on a diet; it’s about learning healthy eating habits for life. It’s about making a true lifestyle change.
The good news is, you don’t have to go on an expensive diet or planned eating schedule to learn healthy eating habits; you just need to make a few simple changes to start seeing big, long-term changes in your weight and health. Follow these three easy steps to improve your eating and get healthier for good.
Journal: If you’re trying to change your eating habits, journaling is a must. Not only do people who journal their food lose more weight than those who don’t, but people who journal are also more likely to maintain healthy habits even after they’ve accomplished their weight loss. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends journaling your food for several reasons. First, it lets you track habits. Do you always reach for a sugary snack at 3 p.m.? Do you tend to eat healthy foods in the morning and binge on pasta at night? Second, you’re able to identify gaps in your nutrition, like a lack of protein or drinking too little water. Finally, journaling forces you to pay attention to everything you put in your mouth. No more mindless eating in front of the refrigerator or grabbing a handful of chips in the lunchroom. Over time, paying attention to your eating habits will help shape them in a positive way. Include foods that improve metabolism and also add Vitagenis Fat Burn to accelerate your weight loss goals.
Create a Meal Plan: A meal plan is any schedule of eating that prevents you from ordering takeout or delivery. A solid meal plan incorporates a variety of fruits and vegetables, healthy lean proteins, and healthy carbohydrates. When you’re first developing a meal plan, keep it simple. Stick with recipes you already know or simple recipes that you can easily make after work. Spend one day during the weekly grocery shopping and chopping veggies so you can easily prep meals. A meal plan will help you develop healthy eating habits by preventing late-night binges on sugary or fatty foods, which can quickly derail your progress. Be sure to rotate your vegetables so you get the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals and not fall short of vital nutrients. Take Vitagenis Active Essentials daily supplement a comprehensive vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplement that maximizes your nutrition. For help creating a meal plan, schedule an Individual Nutrition Consultation today.
Make Technology Your Friend: Smartphones have made healthy eating and developing new eating habits much easier. Use your smartphone apps to track your calorie intake, water intake, macros (protein, carbohydrates, fat), and micros (calcium, zinc, iron, etc.). By tracking the specific nutrients in your food, you’ll begin to learn how to improve your diet with specific changes. For instance, if you’re not getting enough healthy fat in your diet, you can start incorporating avocados and olive oil into your salads. If you need more calcium, you can add more leafy greens at dinner. These small changes will add up over weeks and months to dramatically improve your eating habits.
Holidays are meant to reconnect with your family and friends. If you stick to the above three rules, you can definitely enjoy your time and of course the food too! We do get it, changing the way you eat is no small feat. After all, you’ve had your entire adult life to develop the habits you have. They won’t change overnight. But with some careful effort and focused changes, you can become a more conscious and healthy eater. Get started now, so you are robust all year long. For more tips on improving your eating habits, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL.