1- Water- always stay hydrated. Try to drink 8-16 8-oz cups of water per day. If your diet is high in protein, make sure you drink more water to help process it.
2- Every time you eat, make sure you are including at least one serving of vegetables or fruit.
3- Stay away from “the white stuff”- Opt for whole grains whenever possible. This means always purchasing brown rice instead of white, whole grain breads and pastas, and avoiding white starch options when eating out.
4- Avoid processed foods. You will always get the best nutrients from whole, natural foods. This includes sweets. Try natural treats, not those full of artificial colors, flavors, and high fructose corn syrup.
5- When you feel like you are starting to derail off your healthy eating, start a food journal (fill it out in reverse for best success). This will be helpful during and after the holidays.
6- With the holidays approaching, remember to only eat when you are hungry, eat only enough to satiate your hunger, and try healthier versions of your favorite recipes. You can still enjoy a delicious meal, even if there is less fat or sugar in your dish.
7- Stay active! You don’t have to work out every day, but make time for some heart rate elevating activity at least 5 days per week, for at least 30 minutes per day.
8- Make time for yourself. Stress will always be present, it’s how you react to it that can change. Make sleep, and your healthy habits a priority in your life. Your happiness and success depend on it.
9- Set small, realistic goals for yourself. Perhaps you want to lose more weight, maybe you’ve thought about training for a marathon or triathlon, maybe you have a goal to try new activities such as yoga, Pilates, or spin class. Goals keep us motivated!
10- Finally, remember that you are not alone! Choose a partner who can help hold you accountable for your behavior. Someone who will not judge you, but encourage you. Maybe this is someone else in your life that has similar struggles or similar goals. You do not have to do this on your own.