The best 25 diet tips to improve health before Holidays
The holidays are approaching, and the large meals as well. If you care about your health – and shape, it could be a good idea starting now to put into practice some tips to improve your health – and maybe even lose the weight you are probably gaining back during Christmas.
I take good care of my diet and other habits mainly because of lupus. Good habits can lower inflammation levels and make me feel better. But even if you don´t have an autoimmune disease, you will undoubtedly benefit from exercising, sleeping well, and eating healthy.
The real key to a healthy body and a safe and successful weight loss is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that suits your individual needs and that you can maintain for life. The following tips, from Health Line, are healthy and realistic ways to get you on track and headed towards your weight and fitness goals – and you will be able to enjoy holidays without feeling guilty:
- Fill up on fibers, found in healthy foods, including vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains;
- Ditch added sugar, especially refined;
- Make room for healthy fat, like olive oil, avocados, and nuts;
- Minimize distractions, like cellphone or TV, while eating;
- Walk your way to health, literally. 30 minutes of walking per day is a good start;
- Bring out your inner chef, home-cooking healthy meals – they are way better than processed food;
- Have a protein-rich breakfast, including eggs, for example;
- Don´t eat your calories by drinking sodas, milkshakes, sports drinks, flavored waters, etc;
- Shop smart, by making a healthy shopping list and sticking to it. And don´t go hungry;
- Stay hydrated – you will probably eat fewer calories;
- Practice mindful eating, focusing on how each bite tastes;
- Cut back on refined carbs, and prefer complex carbohydrates like oats, ancient grains like quinoa and barley, or veggies like carrots and potatoes;
- Lift heavier to get lighter, by adding weight lifting to your gym routine;
- Set meaningful goals – learn how to reading this blog about SMART goals;
- Avoid fad diets – they tend to be very restrictive and not easy to maintain;
- Eat whole, nutrient-dense foods;
- Buddy up: invite a friend to join you and help you stay on track;
- Don´t deprive yourself – it may cause you to binge when you finally cave in;
- Be realistic: aim to be the best version of yourself, and not look like a model;
- Veg out, increasing your vegetable intake;
- Snack wise, preferring mixed nuts, fruits, yogurt, or vegetables instead of cookies;
- Fill the voids with activities or hobbies that you enjoy;
- Make time for yourself – your health should be one of your top priorities;
- Find workouts you actually enjoy – you are more likely to stick with them;
- Get support by having a group of friends or family members that supports you in your weight and wellness goals.
You can count on me! Let me know how many of these tips are part of your routine, and which ones are you implementing already this year?!