We are heading into the holiday season and you know what that means, eating healthy is going to start getting a little tougher to do. It’s not impossible, just a little more challenging. To help you stay on track try some simple ‘tricks’.
There are many things you can do to make sure you eat better besides just your foods. Remember too, that it’s not just about eating healthy, it’s also about how much exercise you get. So, if you know you are going to splurge on your holiday meal, or just on a Friday night, you can ‘undo’ some of the bad side effects by working a little harder. So if you normally spend 30 minutes in the gym, you may want to do a little extra.
Another great strategy is to simply get right back up on the wagon if you fall off. Every day is a new beginning to your weight loss efforts. One day here and one day there isn’t going to completely undo all your hard work, as long as those ‘slips’ do not happen too often.
So, what should you eat? Well, to a degree that will depend on you and your overall health and whether or not you have any underlying health concerns. If you do, you may want to talk to your doctor to help you set up a healthy diet plan.
For the most part, though, a healthy diet will consist of eating mostly natural foods. Try to stay away from eating too many processed foods. Many people will go to the store and pick up a bunch of frozen ‘diet’ dinners. This isn’t really all bad except that whenever you eat prepared food there are usually a lot of preservatives and sodium in them. It is always better to make your dinner from scratch using only fresh ingredients.
To take it up a notch try to eat only organic foods. There are more and more organic stores popping up all around the country, I live in a very small town and we even have an organic food store.
When you eat foods like rice, pasta or bread stay away from the ‘white stuff’. White bread, white rice and regular pasta do not add anything to your diet but they can add a lot to your hips. Instead eat whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice.
Do not underestimate the number of calories that are in fruit juices either. Many people will think that they are getting some helpful fruit into their diet by drinking fruit juices, but in many cases they are adding hundreds of extra calories a day.
One last tip, drink enough water. Most people in this country are actually dehydrated. A good rule of thumb is to remember that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water everyday.
Eating healthy does not have to be a chore. Some simple daily changes in your diet can have a huge impact, for the good, on your health. Start small and you can build up from there.