Healthy Holidays?  Mission POSSIBLE!

 

Healthy Holiday Tips from Recipe Rebuild

‘Tis the season for holiday feasts, tempting treats, and packed schedules.  All of this can certainly wreck havoc on your healthy eating plans and exercise schedule.  The key to staying healthy during the holidays is not about deprivation at all but about planning ahead!

Planning and physical activity are the overarching keys to success over the holidays.  Not gaining weight over the holidays is all about balancing your energy equation – calories in and calories out.  Even though maintaining an exercise schedule during the holidays is challenging – try and make it a priority.  If you typically exercise 3 times a week, bump it up to 5.  Involve friends and family –at least one other friend or family member will appreciate the exercise so ask someone to join you.  Not only will it be more enjoyable but you will likely stick to your plan if you have company.

Be sure to eat regular meals and don’t “save yourself” for that special meal.  Have healthy meals at breakfast and lunch if you have a special dinner or evening festivity coming up.  Eating sensibly will help you avoid the evening gorge fest as you will likely show up ravenous and consume far more calories than you would have if you had sensible meals earlier in the day.

ENJOY!  Don’t feel like you have to give up your favorite holiday foods – just be sure you have a healthy or small portion and be sure to enjoy and savor it!  Choosing sensible portion sizes of the foods you enjoy allows you to control calorie intake yet still enjoy the foods you crave.

Eat slowly. All too often people overeat because they eat too fast and don’t allow their stomach the necessary time to feel full. You will likely eat less if you chew slowly and enjoy and savor your food.

Offer to bring a healthy dish.  Not only will your host appreciate it, but at least you know there will be one healthy option there.

Hydrate well.  Thirst is often confused with hunger.  Be sure to hydrate well with water the day of a festive event.

Beware of those sneaky liquid calories!  Liquid calories from soft drinks, punch, and alcohol can add up quickly.  A couple alcoholic beverages on top of a large meal can really tip that scale.  Overindulging in alcoholic beverages can leave you less aware of how much food you are actually consuming.  Try some flavored carbonated water or simply add lemon or lime and a splash of cranberry juice to ice water.  A 10-ounce Margarita can have 550 calories in it!  A 4-ounce glass of red wine has about 90 calories.  If you have a full calorie beverage just be sure to make it last and once again – taste it and enjoy it.

Strategic positioning and planning is not just for sports!  If you are at a holiday party, be sure to position yourself away from the food table where constant nibbling and munching is so easy.  Remember, conversation is calorie free so migrate away from the food and toward the people you enjoy socializing with.  Also, when you walk into a party or meal, scan your options and make a game plan.  See something you cannot live without? Go ahead and enjoy but make sure your other choices are healthier to help balance that plate.  Stick to your game plan and decisions – why waste calories on foods that do not bring you pleasure?

Lose the guilt.  It is hard not to slip up during the holidays and if one meal or party goes by that was hard to be healthy at – acknowledge it, briefly examine what went wrong so you can be ware at the next event and simply recommit to your plan.  Eating healthy over the holidays takes practice but it can be done.

The true meaning of holidays is to be with family and friends so think about what you are celebrating and who you are celebrating with, not just about how great the food is!

Happy & Healthy Holidays!

 

40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!

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  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!

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  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.

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  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!

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  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I’m following you on pinterest.

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.

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  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!

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  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve re-tweeted this!

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!

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  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    and now we’re FB friends too!

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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.

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  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.

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  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.

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  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~

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  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.

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  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.
    Linda

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  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!

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  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Tweeted: Helen Crosson ‏@CrossonHelen

    Enter to win a copy of Quinoa Revolution @ Recipe Rebuild http://reciperebuild.com/recipes/nutrition-nuggets/quinoa-revolution-review-giveaway/

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  20. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:58 pm
  21. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.

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  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol

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  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.

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  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…

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  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!

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  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)

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  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!

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  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)

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  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!

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  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.

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  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.

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  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2

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  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks

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  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.

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