by NativeRemedies on January 5th, 2010 at 7:00 am
It’s always hard after the holidays to get back on track with a healthy meal plan. Family visits, treats at work, company dinner parties, and meals with friends are usual events during the holiday season. Year after year I tell myself “after the holidays I will go on a diet”, but now I realize diets don’t work; I need to make lifestyle changes before and after the holidays to really see results.
Since I don’t want to give up my holiday dinners and other seasonal food-centered festivities with family and friends, how do I get my body back to feeling its best after the holiday season, without the starvation and spending more money?
Apart from losing weight and feeling better, it’s essential that the body receives the nutrition that it needs. It’s always important to include foods in meal plans that contain nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. Eating foods that are high in fiber and water content helps to draw out and eliminate pesky toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
Exclude or eliminate the use of overly processed foods; this is key for encouraging a healthy body. Unfortunately, eating healthy can be expensive. Here are a few ways to save money and use affordable staple foods that that work with many recipes.
10 great foods that will help you lose weight and have more energy- without making you tighten your belt (figuratively, of course).
- Kale- this dark leafy green vegetable is great for vitamin C and is usually only a dollar a bunch.
- Apples- we all know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”- well, buy a whole bushel of these babies! For a moderate price, apples are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
- Garbanzo beans- garbanzo beans contain fiber, iron, folate, and manganese. Most beans in general are high in fiber and are very cheap; look for dried beans in a bag.
- Broccoli- broccoli is a versatile veggie that can be incorporated into many recipes. The best way to eat broccoli is steamed so it doesn’t lose its nutrients. This veggie contains calcium, vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, and fiber.
- Watermelon- a watermelon is over 90% water and can be used to hydrate the body, not to mention it’s full of vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene which supports skin health.
- Beets- these beauties are full of natural sugars, which may be just enough sweetness for you. They are also a huge source of folate, iron, and antioxidants.
- Oats- move over Atkins! It’s well-known that we get energy from carbohydrates, so there is no reason to deprive our body of it, but eat complex carbohydrates over simple carbs like sugars or starches, which burn off quickly and may zap your energy. Oats are also fantastically high in fiber and have been known to lower cholesterol.
- Sardines- considered an acquired taste by some, sardines are filled with calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins. Some people eat them with crackers while others prefer to eat them on a pizza.
- Pumpkin seeds- after carving October’s pumpkins, clean the seeds and roast them for snacks or salad toppers. These seeds contain magnesium, protein, and trace minerals. Even if you decide to buy them at your local store they are very cheap-try to buy lightly salted or unsalted.
- Tofu- try having a “Meatless Monday” and add tofu to the lasagna instead. Tofu is low in fat and sodium but high in B vitamins and iron. If you don’t like the taste, add tofu to a fruit smoothie to cut the taste but add protein.
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Want to start eating better tonight? Here is a great recipe for a Gazpacho soup with only 55 calories per serving, plus great veggies helping you to become a healthier you. Try it out! http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthykitchenrecipes/a/Gazpacho.htm