Check out @wholefoods recent blog post called Winterize Your Salads to spice things up a bit. Literally!
Lately I have loved adding grilled veggies like zucchini and eggplant to my salads. To warm things up a bit try adding cooked quinoa and beans. Yum!
Tip #1 Eat for energy by incorporating Whole Foods
Typically people’s nutritional routines are thrown off by the hectic holiday time. Most people eat out more (think Chipolte, Chinese or Pizza)… over indulging in sweets like painted sugar cookies & pumpkin pie…. or don’t even eat at all because they do not have time or food on-hand. And some will have those famous Starbuks pumpkin spice or egg nogg lates and call it a meal. Can anybody relate?
What does eating for energy mean?
What would your life be like if you had an abundance of energy? What would you do with it all?
Foods we eat can either increase or decrease our energy. Main foods that decrease our energy are: caffeine, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, too much meat or not enough, processed chemicalized foods, tobacco, milk, sugar and artificial sweeteners, trans fats.
Stimulants, like caffeine and sugar, may seem to give an energy boost initially, but they actually deplete our bodies of nutrients which is why you have that crashing feeling afterward, which often times leaves you wanting more. For example: You go to Starbucks 2x/day… or one candy bar turns into two, and three and before you know it your whole system will be out of whack!!! Also, these substances are also highly addictive.
So I am a dark chocolate addict, and I can tell you this is true.
Do you have coffee or sugar at least once a day? Will you admit that you’re an addict too?
It can be helpful to reduce or eliminate several of these foods that you are dependant on. Which ones do you depend on? This is one reason why it is helpful to have a health counselor assist you in eliminating these cravings.
Foods that increase our energy are Whole Foods. Whole foods are grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. They are foods that have not been processed and therefore have all of their original nutrients like: fiber, vitamins and minerals. Processing removes these nutrients. Some of Americas favorite processed foods are chips, cookies, cheese dips etc.. these are NOT whole foods!
Whenever possible, focus on the highest quality whole foods that you can afford. I’m talking organic AND local foods!
*I put this mixture of loveliness over spaghetti squash, YUM!
So how can you incorporate more whole foods?
- Shop only the perimeter of the grocery store
- Keep healthy energy boosting snacks on-hand and in your over-sized purse (like an apple and natural peanut butter)
- Preplan 2 healthy meals on Sunday so that you can shop once, cook once, and eat 2-3 times.
Do you know of 3 foods that you could be eating for energy, but aren’t?
What are your favorite foods to eat for energy?
……. Stay tuned for Tips 2-5…..
Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed by the holidays? Trust me, I have.
Last year I was still wrapping gifts 5 minutes before I was supposed to meet my boyfriends mother for church. I stumbled in 15 minutes late and was so embarrassed!!! Never again!
The holidays are a time for love, joy, relaxation, gift giving, and fun. They are NOT meant to bring on feelings of stress, anxiety or negativity. Do you agree? Ok good. Now lets get you armed & ready to take on the holidays stress-free….
Here are 5 tips that will help you stay more balanced and relaxed this year.
1. Eat for energy by incorporating whole foods
2. Increase Vitamin L by spending time with loved ones
3. Schedule time for self-care and take time for you
4. Exercise the mind and the body both physically and mentally
5. Rest and recharge by getting a peaceful nights sleep
I will go into detail on each one of these tips everyday this week- STAY TUNED…