During the holidays, we are often exposed to situations that can influence how much we eat. Instead of fearing weight gain, focus on strategies that allow for the enjoyment of festive foods.
Tips to try this season:
Try this sweet potato pancake recipe – it is an excellent source of vitamin A, which supports immune function to help keep you healthy during the holidays.
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Opinions on whether to eat or skip breakfast can be contentious. Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular-related deaths. However, these associations may be related to overall health patterns, instead of breakfast itself.
Meal timing, quality, and size are also important to consider. A recent study found that making breakfast the largest meal of the day (compared to dinner) was associated with a decreased body mass index.
Research has also shown that having a breakfast with fiber-containing carbohydrates corresponded to less abdominal fat. The type of foods in this study tended to be nutrient-rich including whole grain cereals, nuts, and fruits.
The bottom line is that eating a supportive breakfast may offer health benefits. Chose a breakfast that contains naturally good sources of fiber and check out these options for suggestions on where to start.
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Tired of trying diet after diet with no long-term success? Intuitive eating may help you adopt a healthier lifestyle – it is an evidenced-based, mind-body approach that can be an alternative for lifelong dieters. Its 10 principles focus on internal cues, such as hunger, fullness, and satisfaction.
Why shift away from dieting?
Dieting is associated with:
Intuitive Eating is associated with:
Where to begin?
Try rejecting the diet mentality. If you are on a restrictive (non-medically necessary) diet, consider stopping it. It can cause you to miss out on beneficial nutrients.
Research has also shown severely limiting enjoyable foods can actually increase calorie intake and fuel feelings of guilt.
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