7 Tips To Build Healthy Eating Habits

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7 Tips To Build Healthy Eating Habits
Here are a few habits to try to stick to, not only during the holidays, but everyday!

With the Spring holidays quickly approaching, it may seem like a daunting thing to try to stick to your healthy eating habits. Here are a few habits to try to stick to not only during the holidays but everyday. These things can have a major impact on your health and wellness!

1. Stay hydrated— We often forget about this one, but make sure you try to get at least 6 glasses of pure water a day.  If regular water seems boring try things such as sparkling water or adding fresh fruit and vegetable slices such as oranges, grapefruit, and cucumber to your water to add fresh flavor!

2. Don't skip meals—  While many of us are on the go, it is important not to skip meals.  This will only slow down your metabolism and cause you to overeat at your next meal.  Keep things such as almonds and pumpkin seeds in your bag as they will provide that extra boost of protein to help satisfy hunger on the go.

3. Try eating a variety of foods— So that you do not become bored with your meals.  One way to do this is to select a new fruit or vegetable at the market each week so that it not only allows you to explore a new food but also provides variety.

4. Try to get about 45 minutes of physical activity a day— Yoga is a great way to fit in exercise and wind down during the Spring holiday craze. While this may seem like a lot for your busy schedule, you can easily break it up into increments if needed, such as taking a 20 minute walk during lunch, taking the stairs instead of elevator, and getting off of the train one stop earlier than your usual stop.

5. Take time for yourself each day— Whether it is 10 minutes or an hour, do something that helps you relax and is something you enjoy.  It could be taking a yoga class, writing in a journal, or simply reading a few pages in your new book.  This will help you become less stressed, especially during the holidays.

6. Portion control— With tempting things in your house such as tortilla chips, cookies, nuts, and other snacks, one of the best things you can do is to buy serving size baggies and measure out the serving size into each individual bag.  This not only helps you avoid overeating, but it also helps you visual what an actual portion looks like.  It also makes it easy to grab when you are in a hurry or looking for a quick snack.

7. Prepare meals ahead of time—Set aside one afternoon during the week if you can to prepare most of your meals for the upcoming week.  You can make your stocks and broths, cook your meat, roast your veggies, etc. so that come the busy workweek, all you have to do is add in your fresh ingredients and seasonings.  This will save time during the week but still allow you to have those quality family meals.

These 7 quick and easy tips will help set a precedence for healthy habits to carry you, not just through the holidays this Spring, but through the rest of the year as well. Eating and staying healthy can be tough for anyone, but especially for people with busy lives, but these tips are simple enough for anyone to do. 

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