These 6 Eating Habits Will Help You Stay On Track Of Your Health Goals This Holiday Season

These 6 Eating Habits Will Help You Stay On Track Of Your Health Goals This Holiday Season

Although healthy habits can initially be challenging to develop, they are the ultimate catalyst for long-lasting change.

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I've learned a lot through these past three years living a healthy, active lifestyle, but these six habits have been indispensable since day one. Whether you are beginning your journey towards a healthier you or you've been in the game for a while, these tricks are fundamental to building a healthy lifestyle that you will enjoy committing to!

1. Find healthier alternatives to the foods you enjoy.

Check out @themacrobarista on Instagram for healthy alternatives on your next Starbucks run!

Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be boring. It also does not mean you can't revel in the foods you love. Instead, find your balance with the foods you enjoy by incorporating new, healthier versions into your goals. Honestly, there are plenty of resources you can browse through for countless savory recipes or yummy macro-friendly desserts!

2. Plan your meals for the day ahead of time .

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Personally, I prefer to meal prep because it holds me accountable to my goals. If you don't have the time or desire to cook your own meals, you can look into local services that deliver healthy meals to you weekly. (My personal favorite: https://freshnhealthymeals.com).

Maybe eating pre-cooked meals out of a plastic Tupperware just isn't your preference, but that shouldn't be your excuse to resort to the McDonald's drive-thru because it's convenient. Find an approach that works specifically for you, your goals, and your schedule. For example, some other hassle-free options can be to grab a quick healthy lunch at Whole Foods or order a wrap from Tropical Smoothie Cafe through Uber Eats.

3. Shop for groceries that you need.

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OK, from personal experience, I know that this can be the hardest habit to build. This is definitely one of those "easier said than done" tasks.

We've all made the mistake of shopping for groceries hangry - your temptations and cravings run wild and then you suddenly end up with a cart full of Oreos, a tub of Breyers Ice Cream, and a bunch of other random junk that you probably don't usually purchase.

Taking 100% responsibility for your shopping is key. If you don't stock up on the junk food, you won't have access to them at home when your cravings hit. I'm not the only one who finds accountability in writing things down, right? So the best tip I can give you is to stick to a list of groceries that you arranged before you arrive. For instance, when I have veggies jotted down on my list, I am more than likely going to buy them as opposed to if they weren't written down.

4. Create balanced meals.

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Building balanced snacks and meals with protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats, you can regulate your hunger and cravings. If you're unsure how to go about building a colorful, nutrient-dense meal, this article by a registered dietician, Kerri-Ann Jennings is a great place to start.

5. Learn how to control your portions.

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Have your piece of homemade apple pie and a mug of cinnamon eggnog because life is way too short to not enjoy those special holiday treats!

6. Eat every 2-3 hours.

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Starving yourself is neither a healthy physical nor mental approach for weight loss. You can keep your metabolism burning efficiently by eating (a nutritious snack or meal) every 2-3 hours.

Happy holidays everyone!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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14 Ways To Show You Love Someone This Valentine's Day

You don't need to use the word love to prove it.

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Love means different things to everybody, and on top of that there's a ton of different types of love. You love your favorite food, you love certain hobbies, you love your family, you love your friends, and you love your significant other. Telling your significant other that you love them for the first time can be nerve racking, even if you fully mean it. But when you take a step back and think about it, you've probably told them that you love them already, just without saying those exact words.

You don't need to use the word love to say/prove it, so if you aren't ready to say it yet, if you think it's too soon to say it or the timing just isn't right but you want to make your Valentine feel loved, say and do these 14 things this Valentines day instead.

1. Tell them that they look incredible today.

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2. Ask about how their day was.

3. Ask how their family and friends are.

4. Help them with things they need to get done.

5. Surprise them by making their favorite food, or dessert together.

6. Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant, or any place that they choose.

7. Open doors for them, and pull out their seat.

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8. Hold their hand, snuggles, forehead kisses, hand kisses, cheek kisses...okay so just kisses in general.

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9. Reassure them with kind words if they are having a tough day or week.

10. Write a love letter about how they make you feel.

11. Bringing them their coffee in the morning, or another one.

12. Tell them that you're proud of them.

13. Telling them to "Drive safely", and "Get home safely."

14. Calling them before bed and letting them know that you had a great day with them.

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