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Eating healthier. We all have the desire, but the will is sometimes weak, especially during the holidays! Everywhere you turn there are calorie-laden desserts and treats tempting you. How can you avoid the temptation to indulge and make the right choices, especially when you‘re choosing your own meals for work, school or home? Here are a few tips to help you clear those hurdles and make 2013 a healthier year,with a more energetic you!

    Avoid liquid calories! Sodas, wine, beer, energy drinks. Opt for a healthier choice like carbonated, flavored water, iced or hot tea with a natural sweetener like Truvia.

    Plan a few days meals ahead of time. This includes snacks, lunch, etc. This will keep you from grabbing the easiest thing around when you‘re hungry and in a hurry.

    When you are craving sweets, try something fresh, like strawberries with no-fat whipped creme, or a cup of hot chocolate. Still the craving without regretting it later!

When you shop, don’t go hungry, you will gravitate more toward high-carb foods that make you feel full and sleepy! Keep the 50% rule in mind. Your cart should contain at least 50% of foods that are fresh, vegetables and fruits. Fill in the rest with beans, chicken or fish and whole grains, like brown rice, whole wheat breads and pastas. Purchase as little as possible of foods that contain sugar, are processed, or contain white flour.

Be aware of what you consume when you eat out. The combo’s always seem like a better deal, but that means you get fat-laden, high calorie fries and a soft drink with your burger. Did you know a serving size of french fries is only 5-7 fries! Switch it out with a side salad, a cup of soup or chili, or a baked potato. This gives you more nutrients, more fiber, less fat and less carbs. It’s all about planning ahead, thinking ahead.

Be healthier and slimmer by being smart with your food choices, planning ahead and making better choices. You will feel the difference!

Shelli Rossignol lmt/cr December 2012




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