It happens every year, the holidays seem to come up so quickly. All of sudden, I'm making plans for Thanksgiving, and then its Christmas time. Lots of decorating, shopping and parties and then when its all done, I seem to gain a few pounds after over indulging. Well, not this year! I've been on track with my healthy eating and exercise and really don’t want to lose that momentum.
I'm focusing on a few simple steps to stay on track:
1. Visit the grocery store at least once a week. Healthy eating requires you to have nutritious food available, so stock up on whole foods like vegetables, fruits and organic meats.
2. Make a list before you go and stick with the perimeter of the store where all the fresh foods are, and stay out of the middle aisles as much as possible. That is where most processed foods are housed.
3. If you don’t already, spend more time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. There are so many places to find quality and healthy recipes. Read a book, watch a video online, take a class, or check out my blog regularly to find new recipes posted.
4. Prepping on the weekend. Pick a day such as Sunday to chop your vegetables ahead of time and store them in the fridge in individual containers, and pre-cook grains like quinoa and barley to use throughout the week.
5. Before you leave your house in the morning, make sure you have your food prepped for the day ahead. It could be something as simple as leftovers from last night's dinner for your lunch and an apple and almonds for a snack.
7. Put vegetables in everything! Eggs with spinach for breakfast, chicken with mixed veggies for lunch and salmon with asparagus and quinoa for dinner is just one example of a nutritional day of eating.
8. Stay hydrated and keep moving! Make sure you are getting lots of water and exercise.
Sure it can be challenging to eat right every day throughout the holidays, just know its okay to have some treats every now and then, and if you stick with these other healthy habits, you might feel much better after the hustle of the holidays is over.