Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Healthy Living Doesn't have to be a Fight with Food, 5 hints

We all struggle with Healthy living especially as the holidays begin. Halloween and all the candy, Thanksgiving and all the wonderful savory dishes, and then December and the variety of holiday celebrations and baked goodies.  The good news is it doesn't have to be a fight.  Here are 5 hints to winning the holiday Food fight.

1. Moderation, moderation, moderation.  Yes I said it 3 times. moderation is the key. Don't deny yourself the fun treats but don't go crazy. Have a little. I have read so many articles over the years talking about giving something up completely and then soon after going crazy on the something.

2. Keep lots of healthy alternatives around. Veggies pre-cut and placed in a small bowl of cold water are a wonderful way to snack. Celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, even sweet potatoes and turnips make a easy crunchy healthy snack.. Use a little lemon juice in the water to give you an extra bit of flavor.

3. Reduce the salt! so many health issues are aggravated by sodium.. Try using a low / no sodium seasoning on veggies, salads, sandwiches, even eggs.

4. Lots of water! replace half your sodas, coffee, and other beverages with water.  We attended a wedding this weekend and the carafes of water all had lemons, limes, cucumbers, or raspberries in them. It added a hint of flavor without the extra sugar or salt. With the berries it even added a hint of color.

5. Find light , lean protein if you need an evening snack. Things like cottage cheese, chicken, turkey, even yogurt if it isn't too full of sugar. The protein will last longer in you system and can satisfy a craving for something in the evening.

These are things I try and do during the holidays to win the fight with food.  I am not a health care professional, just a person who struggles with the food and holiday food fight.


This post was sponsored by   Aetna Healthy Food Fight andSheSpeaks all opinions within the post are my own including any recipes I share.

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