Saturday, December 19, 2015

Healthy Indulgences

To splurge or not to splurge? That is the perennial weight-loss question, especially at this time of year. Create a mindful strategy and enjoy guilt-free treats this Christmas.

It's important not to use indulgences as a reward for eating healthy. It's better to own the reality that you ate a special food and that it has an assigned place in your healthy life than to justify its consumption because you ate well all week long. It's not about earning a privilege. It's about living a balanced life that fosters good health. Here are a few supportive strategies:

Limit the indulgence to a meal or part of a meal. This way, your day still includes ample nutrition versus having a "cheat day" of indulgent foods and no nutrients. You'll be more likely to follow up the next day with a full routine of nutritious foods and not feel like you fell off your program.

Plan for it. Plan for your special holiday meals and treats. It's something to look forward to. And because its planned, that does away with the guilty feeling. When you plan for an indulgence, it lets you thoughtfully select the food.

Make it worth it. If ice cream sounds good, don't buy a diet or low-sugar brand. Go for the good stuff with a short ingredient list of real foods - not junk and chemicals. The good stuff will truly satisfy and you can relish each bite.

Our everyday nutrient-filled foods are vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and healthy oils. You can include indulgences in your balanced life of healthy eating. Remember that food is for our pleasure not our punishment. Be mindful with food choices and, above all,

Enjoy Your Food

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