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Healthy Tips to Recover from Holiday Eating

Tina Garon

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Dec 26th, 2014

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Dietitians-Choice-LogoWith the holiday season comes delicious snacks, tasty sweets, and the tradition of overeating around the family dinner table. For some, a new year means a new you, a time to get back on track and re-focus on a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 simple tips to help you recover from all that holiday eating and kick start 2015 in the right direction.

  1. Rehydrate

All of those salty snacks and holiday cocktails have taken their toll. It is time to reset and rehydrate. While getting back on track with healthy eating habits, it is essential to drink enough water. When we are dehydrated our bodies cannot tell if we are hungry or thirsty so avoid eating extra calories by making sure to drink at least 80oz of water a day.

  1. Start Cooking

You have been baking cookies and basting turkeys for the last month, but now you need to use that time in the kitchen for you. Studies have proven that more time spent in the kitchen cooking dinner directly relates to lower body weight. So take a few more minutes to season up some lean ground turkey for turkey lettuce wraps and give those spaghetti squash recipes a try.

  1. Rest

You’re finally done with the holiday shopping, parties and family get-togethers. Now it’s time to rest. Put down your cell phone, turn off the tablet and go to sleep. Aim for 8 hours a night to insure a healthy metabolism. Those who sleep 7-8 hours a night also tend to make healthier food choices throughout the day.

  1. Write it Down

There are thousands of diet plans and eating tips for weight loss. But there are only a few tips that are proven to enhance and maintain weight loss; one of those being daily food tracking. Writing down what you eat is one of the best ways to shed the weight and keep it off. Not only does this hold you accountable for those 2 pieces of chocolate you had after lunch but it also helps you see what your current eating habits are and what needs to change.

  1. Eat your Vegetables

As mom always said, you need to eat your vegetables. Make sure you plan for half of your meal to be vegetables at least once per day (potatoes, corn and green peas do not count!) Try a big salad for lunch or two scoops of baked broccoli for dinner. Not only are vegetables packed with vitamins and antioxidants but they’re also full of fiber so they keep you pleasantly full.

  1. Rethink Your Drink

Whether it’s the glass of wine after work or the can of soda in the afternoon, those calories add up. Want to lose an easy pound? Just remove one serving of alcohol or a sugary beverage each day for a month and you will skip 3700 calories on average. Remember those 80oz of water each day? Stick to that before reaching for a sweetened beverage.

Email askthedietitian@jewelosco.com or call 630-336-1508 with any questions, and to find out more about complimentary Marketplace Tours.

Molly Bray, RD, LDN

 

 

 

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