It’s said, “It’s not what you do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that matters most for your diet, it’s what you do in between New Years and Thanksgiving that counts.”
Makes sense. Throughout the year, we try to make healthy choices, maintain a good diet, and get plenty of exercise. But during the holiday season, we celebrate together, and more often than not, indulge in food and drinks outside of our normal habits.
Eat Mindfully, Not Mindlessly
With all these temptations, you’ll want a plan in place so you won’t pack on the pounds while you enjoy the festivities. Add Nutrimeal™ as a meal replacement, and you’ll savor the holidays while maintaining a healthy diet.
Try This, Not That
Nutrimeal is a low-glycemic shake, rich in dietary fiber and protein. Available in chocolate and vanilla flavors, Nutrimeal is the perfect, satisfying meal when you’re on the go. Best of all, it’s a great base to build your personalized shake. Blend it with fruits or vegetables to give it an extra flavorful boost. Or get into the season with these holiday-themed recipes. No matter how you enjoy Nutrimeal, you’ll get the following benefits:
15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber
Complete non-GMO protein
Low-glycemic index to help reduce carbohydrate cravings and provide sustained energy, to help keep you feeling fuller, longer
As you get ready for your next family gathering, try these simple tricks to sample all your yummy favorites without the overeating misery:
Portion control. Don’t deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often.
Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t eat just because food is available.
Slow down. Enjoy each bite and put your fork down as you chew.
Pay attention. Mindlessly snacking can lead to overeating. Make each meal count.
Sneak in a workout. It won’t offset all the calories you might eat, but it’ll help.
Know when and where you’ll be eating. You’re less likely to overdo it if you know you’ll be joining family for a larger dinner.
And when you’re making your holiday plans, add Nutrimeal into your routine. With these convenient, travel-sized pouches, you’ll be able to shake up some goodness as you rush from the office party to your next family function.
And you may have even seen some fishy trends. Seriously—mermaids are pretty big right now. Last year was all things unicorns, but now Ariel’s swimming into the scene, thanks to a wave of mermaid fitness classes and new Little Mermaid movies in production.
Fin-tastic workouts aside, here are five fresh summer trends worth checking out. Get ready to enjoy a healthy and fun season in the sun.
1. Visit the Farmer’s Market
If you live in the city, summertime means the Farmer’s Market is back in town.
Fresh from the farm– How often have you purchased strawberries at the grocery store only to have them go bad in two days? I sure have. Most produce you find in stores are several days old before they even hit the shelves. But with farmer’s market produce, chances are they picked that plump peach that very morning. Mmm.
Organically grown– You can enjoy peace of mind with each crisp bite of that apple. This is because most farmers who participate in farmer’s markets use organic and non-GMO methods to grow their produce.
Supports local farmers– Buying produce at a farmer’s market gives local farmers the opportunity to keep their farms in business. You’ll make their whole day when you obsess over their fresh produce.
It’s really just a lot of fun– Not only do you get to cart home fresh fruits and veggies, but going to the farmer’s market can be a fun, social experience. Go with some friends, or take time to browse the local arts and crafts booths. You may end up going home with a jar of homemade apricot jam or some handcrafted jewelry.
Tastes amazing– Enough said.
2: Don’t Pass Up on ClassPass
This is probably the most flexible fitness membership you’ll ever find, and it’s quickly becoming popular in larger cities. When you have a membership with ClassPassyou literally have access to all kinds of workout classes and studios nearby. There’s everything from rock-climbing and cycling, to barre and boxing.
Each month, you pay for however many classes a month you’d like. From there you can cherry-pick from thousands of classes which ones you’d like to attend. It’s a great way to get out of a fitness rut and try your hand at something new without paying a pretty penny. Plus, they offer a free trial period if you’re on the fence.
I actually just signed up for ClassPass myself a few weeks ago and it’s been so much fun to try out new studios and classes around Salt Lake City. So far, I’ve only dabbled in yoga, but I’ve gone to a serene candlelight yoga class, as well a few hot yoga classes. (I was definitely a hot mess after those ones.) I’m even trying a yoga class with live guitar later this week.
3: Get Real on Instagram
Have you ever felt like you were drowning in a sea of everyone’s best-filtered photos when you were browsing through your Instagram? That’s because you probably were.
But there’s been a shift. In fact, more than ever in the past year, users are changing the way they express themselves on Instagram by being more authentic and genuine with their content.
This is even true with influencers and models who have thousands and even millions of followers. They are finding that they actually connect better with their audience when they are being more real. Gone are the days of total perfectionism and placing your best filtered-foot forward. Frankly, perfect is boring and folks are more interested in real, unfiltered truth.
Show the Real Story
Instagram stories have made it even easier to document day-to-day realness. So why not show off that burnt pan of lasagna that made you laugh? Let everyone see your frizzy humidity hair and the pearls of sweat dripping down your face when you visit the Taj Mahal in India. Post a pic of your messy house that never stays clean. (Since you have rambunctious kids and you’re actually human.) Others will be able to relate.
The cool thing about this is that it gives you permission to really be true to yourself. Be uniquely you on your social media and love it! You’ve got a lot goin’ for you, so express the real you.
If you love scrolling through Instagram, there’s some interesting hashtags to check out. Going back to yoga, just for fun, look up #asana. Yogi’s worldwide are posting pics of their favorite yoga poses while they travel. You’ll find stunning pictures of yogis doing Warrior One, Dancer Pose, and handstands on the beach, on mountaintops, and even in window sills.
This is definitely a fun hashtag you could try out on your next summer vacay.
Here’s a handful of other entertaining hashtags to check out:
#eatyourgreens–You’ll never see food look so alluring and artistic.
#weinerdog–If you weren’t obsessed before, get ready to fall in love.
#bookaholic–Think beautiful books displayed in beautiful places. The book nerd in me drooled over this one.
For all the fitness lovers out there, here’s a list of popular hashtags that are worth checking out. This can help you feel connected to a community of other fitness-minded people.
5: You Don’t Have to Live in L.A. to Try Out Gluten-Free
This has actually been a trend for quite a while, but it’s one that’s still quite popular.
For starters, what is gluten anyway?
In a nutshell, gluten is a type of protein that is typically found in foods like certain grains, pastas, cereals, and wheat. Basically, gluten acts like a glue to help foods maintain their shape or elasticity. It’s what gives bread that chewy, satisfying texture and also gives bread the ability to rise when baking.
So Why Is Gluten Free So Popular?
A gluten-free way of eating mainly came about as a solution for those who have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and have a hard time digesting foods made with gluten. However, many people are choosing to go gluten free, simply because gluten is typically found in many unhealthy processed foods. This includes desserts high in sugar and fat as well as fried foods.
Instead of eating processed foods, those who tout the gluten-free lifestyle choose some of these healthy alternatives:
fresh fruits and veggies
Going gluten free can certainly be healthy if you are choosing healthy alternatives and you maintain a well-balanced diet that contains plenty of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. However, be aware that not all “gluten-free” processed foods you’ll find on the grocery store shelves are necessarily healthy. Instead of gluten, they may be packed with other unhealthy gluten-free varieties. The takeaway? Pay careful attention to food labels.
Try This Recipe for Gluten-Free Goodness
If you’re interested in eating more gluten-free meals, there are so many delicious and healthy options that make gluten free anything but boring. For your next Taco Tuesday, try out this scrumptious summer recipe by my friend Brielle (aka the Gluten-Free Queen) for Gluten-Free Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce.
These mouthwatering tacos pack a punch with plenty of colorful veggies, charred tortillas with a hint of a smoky flavor, and a tangy and dreamy sauce that will have you dying for seconds.
Being Healthy Is Always in Trend
Enjoying a fun and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to just be a summer trend. Choose your favorites and make healthy habits that last all year round.
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