Winter Wellness Series
For the next several weeks, I will be sharing Health tips to be sure you have a Healthy Winter. Skipping meals is not always the healthy way to lose weight. I will be sharing with you, some healthy tips to keep the weight gain away! Enjoy! (Winter Wellness tips 1 – 10 )
Winter Wellness Tip #1:
If you’re thinking about skipping meals before that miraculous holiday dinner, you should think twice, especially if you’re looking to avoid gaining those dreaded holiday pounds. So good news – eat during the day AND at night – just make sure to make good, healthy choices for each mini meal.
Winter Wellness Tip #2
Two heaping plates full of delicious, homemade food sounds sooo good – but I’m sticking to my healthy holiday feast plan this year – only 1 small plate of food. (No, I’m not crazy!) In fact, by eating slowly, I’ll be able to enjoy every bite all while taking part in an awesome conversation with my family. (And that’s something I’ll be proud to walk away with!)
Winter Wellness Tip #3
I’ve always preferred to eat my calories versus drinking them, especially when the food is much better than the drink choices! Soda, wine, beer, eggnog… keep it out of your cup and out of your regrets.
Winter Wellness Tip #4
Standing in line at the mall, wrapping gifts, and giving hugs DOES NOT count as exercise. Get creative with your exercise routine. Bonus points if you include the family!
Winter Wellness Tip #5
Someone asked if a small plate means we can eat whatever we want during our holiday feast and the answer is… as long as 70% is vegetables, you have 30% of your plate to fill with another healthy choice – so dig in!
Winter Wellness Tip #6
Did you know that most italians don’t put out olive oil, butter, or extra gravy on the dinner table? They truly want you to enjoy the love and quality of ingredients they put into the main entrée and not to overindulge in side items. Since adapting to this style of living, I’ve noticed how refined my palate has become and how many unnecessary calories I’ve been able to avoid!
Winter Wellness Tip #7
CHEW. YOUR. FOOD. By intently chewing your food, you’re not only making it easier to digest, but you’re also giving yourself a chance to feel full before you finish all the food on your plate. (You’ll also savor every ingredient. After all, good food is like music you can taste. You need only to be aware to stop and savor it!)
Winter Wellness Tip #8
Are you the host of this year’s holiday feast? Be prepared to let guests bring home leftovers and feel free to encourage them to bring their own take-away containers!
Winter Wellness Tip #9
I say it year after year, and yet I see it happen year after year… avoid stressful topics at the dinner table, especially if you’re tempted to over-eat when stressed!
Winter Wellness Tip #10
Fill in empty time between courses with movement-based activities. Dance, sing, play, make memories!
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