LHI Tip of the Week – National Healthy Eating Day

Happy National Healthy Eating Day! In honor of today and with the holiday season quickly approaching, we have some great tips for you to feel and look your best in days leading up to your holiday gatherings with friends and family.

One of our favorite quotes is “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Plan your meals each night for the next day or at the beginning of each week. With a plan in hand, you are more likely to avoid making unhealthy choices when you’re hungry. Having a plan will also help you control your portion sizes. It is important to be aware of what defines a serving and to put away the rest once you have prepared your meal.

Making healthy choices does not have to be boring or tasteless. You can find numerous delicious and healthy recipes on your LHI dashboard and other sites on the internet so take advantage of these great resources! You can even find substitutions and alternatives for your favorite dishes. Remember you don’t have to count calories to be healthy. Eat real food, avoid processed products and you will feel great in no time! The best way to do this is to shop the perimeter of your grocery story where you will likely find fresh produce, meat, seafood and dairy. Only go down the aisles for what you really need; grab it and keep moving.

Water is a very powerful beverage not to be consumed lightly. All processes within the body require water to function properly and many Americans are unaware that they are dehydrated, which can have many negative side effects. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times or keep one at home, in your car and at work. Drink a glass of water before each meal, you’ll stay hydrated and feel more full. If you want to flavor your water, add a slice of lemon or lime or let cucumber and mint sit in a pitcher of water over night for a refreshing beverage. Not only will you feel more energized and have improved body function when you’re hydrated, but you will feel hungry less and your skin will emit a healthy glow!

Most importantly, eat to nourish and fuel your body. Fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy will keep you feeling and looking your best!

Check back next week for tips on making healthy choices at all your holiday gatherings!

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