It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also a time of year that is littered with obstacles to good health: parties, dinners, travel, LOTS of shopping to do, and stress! So this holiday season, give yourself a break and aim to maintain: maintain your weight, maintain your blood sugar, and maintain your sanity. Here are a few ways you can do just that!
Have a Plan
It's easy to quickly come up with dozens of paleo, real food breakfast ideas, but when asked to list 10 clean breakfast options sans eggs, it can take some thought. Indeed I got creative hence I want to suggest meals that are higher in protein, which is my bottom-line recommendation for anyone to start off their day.
Have you ever walked into the grocery store, planning to get the basic items you will need for your weeks meal plan, and find yourself with bags packed full of items not on your list? Clever marketing strategies and sneaky layouts make it almost inevitable you will end up buying something you were not planning on and most likely that ‘something’ is not exactly healthy.
Grocery stores are designed to make you linger longer, and the longer you linger, the more you are likely to buy. A lot of people will run to the grocery store because they need milk or maybe some eggs. So why is it that the dairy section is in the very back of the store? You may say, because that’s where the refrigerators are. Yes, but the main reason is that for those people only coming into the store to buy milk will have to walk through the entire store (and in turn say no to numerous marketing ploys to get them to buy the latest new cookie, chip, bar or whatever it is) to get their milk. And most of the time, because they did have to say no to so many temptations on their way, they will end up giving in and eventually saying yes to something and leaving the store with more than just the milk
So what can you do to avoid the traps of the supermarket? Below are some tips to shop well and eat well and ensure you are leaving the store with exactly what you came for.
You may not be a nutritionist or a dietitian, but I can guess you have an idea of what to eat, or at least you know it's a good thing to eat real food, that has not been processed (high quality meat/seafood, vegetables (lots!!), fruit, nuts/seeds and healthy fats). Yes? Then what may be holding you back on reaching your current health goal?
Consistently I see a need with my patient population for advice on how to execute the best steps to eating well. In today's post, I have listed some of my tips to get over this hurdle.
New York Time recently published an article regarding Exercise “snacks” to help control blood sugars. I read the article and thought, why not? For those of us who find it daunting or just can’t manage the time to spend an hour at the gym or go for a long bike ride on the weekend, this is a wonderful way to still get physical activity, manage your weight, as well as help control your blood sugars, without having to carve out a large chuck of your day to do it.
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