30-Day Healthy Living Challenge: Day 22

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Yesterday you made a fitness plan and, as promised, this whole week is going to be about planning. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…I think planning is one of the most effective tools to help you live a healthy life. The downfall of many diets comes when there isn’t a plan, which leads to today’s challenge.

day 22Day 22: Eat A Snack

OK so this seems pretty simple and sort of counterintuitive, right? Yes, this Nutritionist is telling you eat MORE. Let me explain. When people are dieting or trying to eat more healthily, they tend to restrict themselves too much. Restricting calories definitely leads to weight loss, but there’s also a common negative side effect: overeating the wrong foods. Severe restriction of calories can make you feel ravenous. When you’re really hungry, all thoughts about mindful and healthy eating go out the window.  Instead, you tend to eat things that may not be so good for you. To avoid getting to the ravenous state, I suggest adding snacks into your day. It’s good to not go longer than 4 hours without eating. Here’s a list of healthy snacks:

  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Nuts and raisins
  • Hummus with crackers or crudités
  • Cheese sticks
  • Edamame
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-wheat crackers
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Sweet potato in the microwave
  • Small cup of veggies soup

Add one of these snacks after lunch and before dinner to avoid overeating later in the day. Happy Snacking!

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