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Let’s face it- so many people plan on working on new goals once January 1 comes around, and many of those goals revolve around losing weight and getting healthier. Everyone spends time figuring out a “diet plan” when they also need to learn about how to go about eating properly!
- Drink plenty of water
If you stay hydrated you will be less likely to confuse thirst with hunger and reach for a snacks instead of a glass of water. It is important to be drinking anywhere from 2-3 liters off water a day! Just remember that eggnog does not count, you may feel that you are getting enough liquid but it is extremely important to be getting just water! So remember to throw in a glass of water between those holiday cocktails!
- Knowing when to eat and not to eat
Do you know when you’re hungry? Many people don’t, and it can take a long time- 6-8 hours for our body to tell us we need to eat! There are lots of times we THINK we are hungry, however- when we smell good smells, see something yummy, or even being asked if we want something to eat! Its hard to learn to recognize when you are truly hungry, but its important to know if it’s real hunger or just a craving. Also, when you ARE ready to eat eat slowly and wait a bit before grabbing seconds. It can take your body up to 20 minutes to realize that we are full!
- Don’t skip meals
Holiday DAYS seem to run together- and it’s easy to skip a meal here and there (Especially after sleeping late after a late night!) The trick is NOT to skip meals then play catch up later with a huge meal- you need to eat small amounts all day. With the stress of the holidays and not getting enough calories, your body can enter starvation mode, holding on to what it does have (calories) for when it needs it! When you do eat, your body will hold onto as many calories as it can for when it needs it next. Plan for small meals- an apple and some peanut butter, some cheese and crackers, nuts and fruit, instead of a full sit down meal once a day!
- Use the right Supplements
Even when you try to eat right, you can miss some important nutrients! I love to have a smoothie in the morning with fruits, Whey Advantage protein powder, and almond milk. Since I have autoimmune disease (Diabetes and Lymes Disease) I also use a Joint Supplement for my tendons and ligaments. and I always use a complete multivitamin. Also be sure to research and use a trusted brand of supplements. They are not all created equal!
- Get enough sleep
The Holiday season takes a lot out of us, and we don’t realize it! One of the first things to go is sleep, and yet, it’s on of the most important. Once we get run down, it’s hard to regroup and we the worse we fill, we can turn to sugar and carbs to keep us going. Fill up on the right things– including SLEEP!
Following these tips, a healthy meal plan (no fad diets!) and a sensible exercise plan is what you need to get started! Its nice to make goals and plans, but its also nice to love and take care of yourself while doing it!
Lots of my friends are vegetarian an even vegan, and I even though I eat meat, I care, like they do about animals being treated humanely. Our family works hard to make smart choices and buy food that is humanely raised. Living in the country surrounded by local small farms makes it easier for me, but you don’t have to live rural to eat humanely. You do, however, need to know how to figure out what IS humanely raised! It’s not as easy as you’d think!
I was glad to see that the ASPCA isn’t just about dogs and cats. They hey also focus on farm animal welfare, working to improve conditions on factory farms and create a more sustainable and healthy food system.
They have all kinds of resources to help you on their website to choose humanely raised foods, like:
ASPCA Shop With Your Heart website, which includes a plethora of resources on how to find more healthy and humane food options.
Label guide that decodes what different labels mean and recommends what to look for.
Downloadable list of food brands that have higher welfare certifications.
Info on where to find higher-welfare products.
A Good Groceries Guide on how to help people, animals, and the planet.
List of farms that are welfare-certified.
Downloadable supermarket request card if your grocery store does not carry higher welfare products.
I want to be sure that the food that I eat is raised in a way that I can support. I’m glad that there are resources that I can use to help us while shopping to make kind choices. Do you know where you food comes from and how it was raised? Have you ever explore your food origins? Let me know in the comments!