Healthy Holiday Survival Guide from The Picky Eater

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 9, 2014

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The holidays are right around the corner! So begins the world of warm and cozy parties with family and friends, delicious baked goodies, home cooked meals, and tons of indulgence.

With all of that going on, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet and not go totally overboard for the entire month of December and part of January :)

But luckily, with a few tips and tricks, you can have your holiday cake and eat it too – without adding on any extra pounds. Here is my holiday survival guide to take with you this season:

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Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals! Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw veggies or nuts to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to overeat.

Tip #2: MOVE. Bundle up and walk outside after meals whenever you can, moving after eating helps with digestion and gives you a little workout too. Separately, at the same time every day (ideally in the morning so you are less likely to skip it due to things that come up during the day), plan a 30 minute workout that will get your heart rate up: run up and down stairs, jump rope, run outside or on the treadmill, or try a winter sport. If you are competitive, challenge your family to see who can be the most active over the holiday season – it’ll be a nice way to keep everyone accountable!

Tip #3: Calendar your workouts. Treat your workout like you would an appointment for work – one that you will never miss! Book yourself in your calendar, and be consistent.

Tip #4: Choose a small plate. If you are faced with family style dining or a holiday buffet, get the smallest plate and scout all the offerings before starting to pile things on your plate. Choose fruits and veggies first, and save 1/3 of the plate for grains and proteins.

Tip #5: Drink water! Adding in water in between cocktails or food plates can help reduce overall caloric intake. For every alcoholic beverage or treat you consume, drink 1 glass of water.

Tip #6: Stick to the 80-20 Rule: 80% of what you eat should be healthy and align with your health and fitness goals, allow up to 20% of what you eat to satisfy your holiday cravings. And if you “mess up” one day, don’t beat yourself up about it! Just get back on track the next day.

Tip #7: Remix Dessert: Instead of some of the super rich, calorie-laden holiday desserts, try some of these healthified versions — your tastebuds and waistline will thank you!

Healthy Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Truffles

Lightened-Up Carrot Cake

Low-Calorie Pumpkin Pie

Mini Apple Pies

Cocoa Oat Truffles

Happy Healthy Holiday!

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My Top 5 Foods for Healthy Skin & Hair

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 8, 2014

Making your hair and skin healthier can start as soon as your next meal. While there are lots of products we can buy to make our skin and hair look better from the outside; the best way to get smooth skin and shiny hair is to improve the foods you’re putting into your body!

Just like every part of your body, the processes that support strong vibrant hair and skin are dependent on the foods you eat. Other factors like stress, lack of sleep, smoking, etc. can affect how your hair and skin look – but assuming you are sleeping well, don’t smoke and are managing your stress – the foods you eat can make a big difference.

1. Walnuts: These crunchy delights have a ton of omega 3 fatty acids, Biotin, and Vitamin E – three ingredients that are crucial for your hair and skin. Biotin and Vitamin E helps protect your cells from damage; and too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Eat a handful of walnuts a day and you will be good to go.Foods for Healthy Skin 04

2. Spinach: Rich in iron, beta carotene, folate, and Vitamin C; as well as free-radical-fighting antioxidants make spinach a powerhouse food. Spinach protects your skin and hair from the sun’s UV rays (yes you still need to wear sunscreen). Trade your lettuce for spinach in any dish, or saute it with garlic for a quick and healthy side.

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3. Lentils: These legumes are full of protein, iron, zinc and biotin – key ingredients for healthy hair and skin. They are a great staple for vegetarians, since they provide both protein and iron (two ingredients vegetarians may not get enough of). Saute them with spices, or throw them into a soup for a hearty meal. This lentil dish works great as a delicious side or a main course for a light dinner!

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4. Low fat Greek yogurt: Low fat Greek yogurt is high in protein, vitamin B5, and vitamin D. Pair it with some granola and fruit for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

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5. Blueberries: The antioxidant power of blueberries protect you from premature aging: they help reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation. They are also full of Vitamin C, which can prevent hair breakage. Add them to a smoothie, to oatmeal, or on your cereal every day.

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This was originally posted on PlanetZuri on 11/28/14.

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