Nutritionist and wellness blogger Jess Sepel shares her top tips for making 2018 your best year yet.
“For many of us, the holiday season can often mean overindulgence. The JSHealth approach is all about balance and ensuring your healthy life is manageable and sustainable all year round. A balanced moderate approach is the only way. The moment we become extreme with food or diet, it backfires and we do not know how to eat, move and live with balance. We just have to learn to make good choices as often as possible and indulge with moderation.”
“My philosophy is – everything in small amounts. Avoid rigid food rules. It is really important we are flexible eaters during the holiday time. Deprivation is not a good idea. I encourage my community to enjoy Christmas treats in small amounts. Deprivation often leads to overeating or binge eating. We have to learn to eat with moderation and mindfulness.”
How To Eat With Balance
- Start your day with 30 minutes of movement – so healthy for your mindset too!
- Never leave the house without having had a satiating protein rich snack. Arriving at a party hungry is never a good idea. My favorite snack options before an event: a protein smoothie, a handful of raw nuts, Greek yogurt with cinnamon, carrot sticks with hummus, a boiled egg or protein balls.
- Make sure you have eaten well throughout the day. Do not skip meals thinking this is a good idea because you will be having a large lunch or dinner. This will 100% lead to overeating at the event. Eat as you normally would.
- Drink 1-2 liters water throughout the day.
- Drink a big glass of water with fresh lemon before your event.
- Take 3 deep breaths before your meal and remember the food is not going anywhere. You can eat more later or tomorrow. You do not have to eat everything now.
- Aim to make the best food choices available to you. Avoid fried and sugar filled options and go for fresher grilled options.
- Ensure half your plate of food is greens and veggies, always. This will make you feel so good.
- Make sure you enjoy protein at the meal, this is what keeps you full and satisfied.
- Have a balanced plate of food – good fats, protein, healthy starch, veggies. If you want to try something that is classed ‘unhealthy’ – do not deprive yourself. Put a small portion of your plate and enjoy it without guilt!
- Alcohol – go for the healthier options and stop at 2-3 drinks at an event. Red wine, gin, vodka, whiskey with soda water/lemon juice are the best options.
- Make a healthy sweet treat for friends and family. This seems to really inspire friends and family – proving how delicious healthy food can taste!
- If you are craving ‘unhealthy treats’ – that is OK! Give yourself permission to enjoy a moderate amount – eat with mindfulness and joy! Remember you will be going back to eating well tomorrow – do not throw in the towel just because you have indulged – your body can handle it.
- Feeling very full? I love to go for a 20-minute walk after a big meal to digest.
- Enjoy some hot water with lemon or peppermint tea post meal.