The holiday season is one of joy, family, tradition and, of course, food! What would a Thanksgiving meal or Christmas brunch be without the time-honored recipes that have graced our tables for years past and are always a welcome guest each year?
This time of year, more than any other, can be a hit to the healthy eating resolve most of us commit to at the beginning of each year and try to practice throughout the year. It all begins with the lure of Halloween candy and fall treats until we wind up with wassail and traditional Christmas desserts like the yule log, eggnog and pie.
Statistics point to the fact that many Americans find it difficult to maintain healthy eating during this time a survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate the holidays found that 47 percent have succumbed to the lure of their favorite treats, and ended up quitting their diet as a result. This is expected and reasonable, right? But certainly not sustainable! We believe in indulging once in a while, but our bodies operate so much better on fresh, whole, healthy food.
Nature's Sunshine has so many products to support healthy living. That is what our entire company represents! Nature’s Sunshine is committed to helping you capture the magic of TODAY—and every TODAY that follows. It's so great to know that when making new lifestyle goals and changes, we don't need to do it alone.
Here are just a few tips to get back on track (or to stay on track) with your healthy eating goals.
1. Portion control — Our biggest nemesis can often be the amount of food we eat, not necessarily what we are eating. Keeping portion sizes in mind can go a long way. There are many tricks to help with this such as measuring your food. For instance, you can use special dishes or containers as well as smaller dishes and drink water before meals.
2. Avoiding sugar — It seems sugar is in everything! While it can feel difficult to avoid, the health benefits are worth it. Making homecooked meals and purchasing less processed foods are great practices.
3. Sticking to the basics —When selecting food, try to find products as close to nature as possible. Peruse the outer edges of the store where fresh produce and less refined products tend to reside. Choose processed foods such as crackers, chips, snacks and cereals carefully and sparingly.
The holiday season doesn't have to demolish healthy eating. With these simple steps, you can have your cake and eat it, too!