As some of you know, I recently got married. Right up until the day of my wedding I did not deprive my cravings, and ate the food my body craved. People often ask how do I eat the foods I want? My answer is always all foods can fit into a healthy diet, and everything in moderation!
With that being said, wedding season is among us. We all want to look our best in our dresses and tuxedos. While for some this means losing weight and for others this means maintaining weight. I understand that you want to look your best on your big day. I am here to help you without depriving you of your favorite foods!
Hydration! Since thirst is often confused with hunger, always drink enough water. Leave water bottles at your desk and in your car, and don’t wait until you start feeling thirsty to drink. When hunger hits, hydrate first before reaching for that extra snack!
Fill up on fiber! Choose whole grains, fruits and vegetables with their skins, beans, lentils, nuts, oats, chia seeds and ground flax seeds. My rule of thumb is to look for at least 3g fiber/serving. Did you know Raspberries contain 8 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving? Adding raspberries to your morning Greek yogurt is an easy way to add fiber in.
Color your Plate! Make every meal a colorful one to reap benefits from a variety of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables paired with a protein also make a healthy snack! Try carrots with a tablespoon of hummus, or an apple with a tablespoon of nut butter to hold you until your next meal.
Lean Protein! Choose lean cuts of beef, poultry and fish. Eggs, low fat dairy, beans, lentils and nuts are all healthy protein options.
Plan and Prepare! Always have healthy snacks on hand including nuts, sliced fruits and vegetables, Greek yogurt and protein bars. Plan meals in advance and never skip meals. Eat on a schedule to help keep your metabolism going strong, and do not go more than 3 hours without a meal or snack.
Portion Control! Pay attention to portion sizes. Try measuring out portions to help you learn what portions should look like. You may be surprised to see how much you are actually eating!
Herbs and Spices! Season foods with herbs and spices instead of dressings and marinades to add flavor and health benefits while saving calories.
Fight Cravings! If you are someone who overcomes stress by eating, let’s work to change that! Try going for a walk or attending a class at the gym to conquer stress, and fight cravings while also benefiting from exercising.
To do lists can get stressful when wedding planning. These simple tips will help you take a step back from all of the “to do’s” and focus on yourself and your healthy lifestyle before you say “I do”.