9 Tips to Keep From Tipping the Scales This Holiday
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9 Tips to Keep From Tipping the Scales This HolidayAvoid Holiday Weight Gain
Editor's Note - Looking forward to the joyful holiday party season? Slimming Meals That Heal author, Julie Daniluk offers these tips for happy and healthy eating:
Here are some inspiring ideas for watching your weight while loving your meals:
1. Start a love affair with healthy food.
Instead of eliminating questionable foods right off the bat, start to slowly add foods to your diet that will boost your mood and energy such as green veggies, berries, coconut and hemp hearts.
2. Post a chart to your fridge or in your personal organizer that counts the 10 servings of “healthy foods.”
Every time you eat a healthy food such as kale, broccoli or blueberries, mark it down. After awhile you’ll find your cravings for the refined sweets will actually start to diminish.
3. If you are having a craving, eat something high in fiber to lower the glycemic index of your treat.
Try to keep healthy treats such as nuts or fruit nearby to avoid treats with flour and sugar.
4. To avoid sugar cravings, start the day with protein.
Try eating dinner for breakfast. In Japan, where people are historically very fit, they start the day with fish and veggies. If you want to enjoy carbs, eat them in the morning with a protein or after a workout.
5. Keep your blood sugar steady by eating every 2 to 3 hours.
Pack snacks everywhere you go. If you stockpile the right stuff in your office drawers, purse and glove compartment, you’ll remove the temptation to take trips to the vending machine or corner store. Natural raw nut/seed honey bars, sliced raw veggies, fruit and a 80% raw chocolate treat (sweetened with coconut sugar, honey or stevia) make great energy-boosting snacks for that afternoon energy slump.
6. Coconuts have been demonized for having too much saturated fat, but it turns out not all saturates are created equal.
The flesh and milk of these giant seeds contains a very special fat called Medium Chain Tri-Glycerides (MCTs), which the body burns as fuel instead of storing as fat. Endurance athletes turn to coconut-based supplements to delay exhaustion. So, if your marathon workweek is running you down, reach for the coconut milk and add flavor and energy to your soups, shakes and desserts.
7. If you start your day with an energizing green drink, you can count yourself in for two to three servings of veggies right off the top.
So many of us struggle to eat in the morning when it is most important. This alkalizing drink starts the motor running and will raise your energy levels.
8. If you are too busy to cook there are new snack bars on the market that are made with only raw nuts and fruits blended into amazing variations.
Organic meal replacement bars, sweetened with figs and/or dates, make sure that your blood sugar does not plummet. This is critical to avoid moodiness and unstoppable cravings.
9. Supplementing with B-vitamins can be a huge boost in your weight loss routine.
B-vitamins spin your carbs into energy inside every cell of your body. Greater energy expenditure means more calories of fuel burned. It is a fantastic way to blast exhaustion and also keep your emotional balance. Since most overeating is tied to emotional comfort binges, keeping an even keel with a B-complex supplement is critical for the long-term permanent weight loss.
A real lifestyle change is workable. All diets eventually fail. In my book, Slimming Meals That Heal, I talk about this lifestyle shift as a Live-it verses a Diet. If you enjoy your food and it nourishes you, you’ll stay motivated to reach your goal.
Nutritionist Julie Daniluk RHN hosts the Healthy Gourmet show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first bestselling book, Meals That Heal Inflammation (Hay House USA, UK, AUS) advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Her second book, Slimming Meals That Heal, instructs readers how to “Lose Weight Without Dieting, Using Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods.”
Check out more amazing recipes, nutrition tips at juliedaniluk.com. Check out Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Twitter @juliedaniluk