Any tips on maintaining healthy eating habits during this time of year?

The holiday’s can be a tricky time for healthy eating habits. Everywhere you look there is something sweet to eat whether it’s office treats or parties and festivities.  To maintain a healthier status, let’s start our day right and hydrate. Before we do or consume anything, try a glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon, mint, cucumber or basil. Water is essential for our vitality, both daily and long term. Water maintains cell to cell communication and is required for all cellular function. Adding lemon, mint, cucumber or basil brings electrolytes to water allowing chemical properties for the water to penetrate cells and carry out its cellular function. Continue to drink water throughout the day, in between and with meals.

Another tip includes carrying snacks with you – cheese, nuts, protein bars, fruit, salami slices, vegetables & dip, dried fruit, vegetable crackers, jerky. Eat your snacks about 2-3 hours after your meal. Snacking allows for steady blood sugar levels. It is when we allow our blood sugar to fluctuate, either high or low, that we lose our ability to make a focused decision. Keeping steady blood sugar levels will help us ward off impulsive food decisions which typically spike blood sugar levels.

Lastly, don’t forget the power of moderation, food awareness and discipline. Eat only one treat, not the whole display or box/bag. Say no only to relish in a yes the next time. When it’s time to relish, take a breath before consuming, say thank you to whoever brought or bought it.  Say thank you to yourself for allowing the moment and granting the permission. Do not feel guilty. Eat shamelessly and bright, because you occasionally deserve a delight – you are awesome!

Answered by Shawna Lee West, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Granlibakken wellness event program designer. To connect with Shawna, click here.

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