The Holidays are a nutritionally challenging time of year for most people. How do you partake in all of the wonderful festivities without packing on the pounds? Yes, you could just wait until New Year’s resolutions roll around and kill yourself on the “dreadmill” at the gym. But, losing weight really doesn’t need to be that painful or difficult. Spare your belly and save your golf game by following these 5 tips for staying slim this season.
1) Drink Herbal Tea
Avoid sugary and artificially sweetened beverages and limit your alcohol intake by enjoying some soothing herbal tea. Although water is the optimal beverage of choice, herbal tea provides an excellent source of hydration during the cold winter months. Available in many delicious flavors, some teas can even taste like dessert with stevia. Try peppermint tea with stevia for a candy cane in a cup!
2) Enjoy Protein-Rich Breakfasts
Start your day with more protein-rich, fat-burning foods such as eggs, leftover “roast beast” or wild salmon. Wild salmon is a great source of muscle-building protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s and immune-boosting nutrients.
3) Grab a Handful of Nuts
Nuts are rich in healthy fats that support weight loss, prevent overeating and reduce sugar cravings. Include a handful of nuts daily. Try them roasted with coconut flakes, cinnamon and honey to satisfy a sweet tooth.
4) Slow Down & Chew
With a busy schedule most of the year, now is a great, “no excuses” time to slow down and savor your food. Practice putting your utensils down in between bites. By slowing down and chewing more you’ll improve your digestion and might even find meal time to be more relaxing.
5) Go Green at Every Meal
The more whole foods you eat, the less room you have for processed products. Green leafy and cabbage family vegetables such as kale, collards, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and spinach, provide maximum nutrients for minimal effort. Prep and cook them in batches so they’re always available to enjoy.