Holidays big meals may have tempted you from your healthy eating habits. This new year is a great opportunity for a fresh start! Pauline Medina is a dietitian, find out her tips for healthy eating.
What to do when we ate too much over the holidays?
First of all, pay attention to what your body is telling you. “Am I really hungry or not?” Do not force yourself to eat if you’re not, but do not eat less than you normally would to make up for what you ate during the holidays… Eating less could possibly lead to frustration and overeating again. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, cut down on saturated fat, sugar, red meat, cheese and alcohol. Also be more active! Go for a walk or a run, get on your bike… Moving more and eating better will also aid digestion.
What are healthy foods?
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are the best! Rich in antioxidants and fiber, they also contain large quantities of water. This is exactly what you need to improve your digestion naturally. Add some proteins (fish, egg, turkey, tofu…) and whole foods. Stay well hydrated by drinking water such as detox water with fresh kiwi fruit, lemon and mint. You really need to abandon the myth of miracle diet… Get daily healthy habits, they’ll help you improve your well-being!
What kind of healthy habits can we adopt in the New Year? You should cook healthy meals with fresh vegetables, proteins, starches and healthy fat such as olive or nut oil. For snacks, fresh fruits like kiwis and nuts are great. Don’t forget to treat yourself once or twice a week! Be active every day, try to walk at least 30 minutes (yes, it means 6 to 10,000 steps a day) and exercise 2 or 3 times a week. The benefits of physical exercise have positive effects on your body but also on your mind. Above all, listen to your body and give it what it needs…
Many thanks to Pauline Medina, dietician, for her advice.