The pre-Thanksgiving Clean Eating Challenge week wrapped up just before we all enjoyed some much needed down time with family, friends, and lots of food! We had a good group of Challengers this time around (thanks to all who joined!). If you participated in it, I hope that you enjoyed it, and took some valuable lessons away from eating ‘clean’ for a week (or even a few days).
As we head into the holiday season, making good food choices is always a challenge. There are treats every where we look: in our home, at work, or at all the places we find ourselves shopping, partying, enjoying time with friends and family.
If you are like me, I would like to embark this holiday season with more mindfulness about food choices. Not only did the Challenges make me feel better physically, they also taught me that I am able to say NO to the foods that I do not NEED (like sugar, and processed foods). I also learned that shifting small habits can go a long way toward living a healthier life.
Here are some lessons I learned from the Challenges:
1. Eliminate un-wanted food items in the house.
This gives you an opportunity to scan through your pantry and kitchen and really see what you have. If there are items that you know you should not eat (Halloween candy, for instance?), they can gracefully exit your world now.
2. Make meal plans that work for you and your family.
It’s a lot easier to include the whole family when trying to make healthy food choices. Delicious foods don’t have to be unhealthy. If you are looking for culinary inspirations, check out our Pinterest Board for Clean Eating Challenge.The endless delicious food choices may blow your mind!
3. Preparation is key.
Preparing meals and snacks ahead of time helps making good choices that much easier. I made big pots of soups, and stews and froze portions for later meals. Having easy to grab items like fruits, and nuts decrease that desire for unhealthy snacks.
4. Accountability is advantageous.
Tell friends and family that you are working on healthy food choices. It’s harder to ‘cheat’ when you have other eyes and ears on your decisions. That’s why participating in these Clean Eating Challenges as a group can work well for those of us who enjoy the support and accountability from others.
I plan to lead another Challenge in early 2015. Please let me know if you are interested in participating!
In good health and happy holidays!
NOTE: The advice shared in this document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical care. Seek medical advice if you are under medical care for serious medical conditions, pregnant, breast feeding, or postpartum.