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Healthy eating during celebrations.

April 12th, 2022

How is everyone’s week going so far? I’m so thankful for the sunshine and warmer temperatures that come with springtime, but storms can cause me anxiety. I hope y’all are staying safe with the high winds and threat of severe weather so far this week that will be continuing the next couple of days. Do y’all have plans to celebrate Easter with your families? This week lets revisit how to eat healthy or at least healthier for family get-togethers.

If you know that you will have to bring a dish to the celebration, you can control the ingredients by making healthier substitutions without sacrificing flavor. Your dish(es) can include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. To boost flavor while limiting calories, I lean heavily on my spice rack and vitality essential oils. I am not willing to sacrifice or substitute some things, like mashed potatoes for example, but you could always do baked potatoes or sweet potatoes if your family likes those options. I am sure to limit my serving size of the dishes that are not as healthy, just like in my everyday life.

Another tip is to not skip meals prior to the “big” meal. Skipping breakfast will only lead to hanger and overeating, not to mention a dip/spike in blood sugar levels. I also make sure I drink lots of water, skipping the sugary drinks, because I will be consuming foods that are higher in sugar, further helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Rounding out my top 5 tips to eat healthier at family gatherings:

3 – Graze on vegetables and fruits before the meal. My family always has a big spread of finger foods available at holidays.

4 – Smaller portions are always the better option and go back for seconds if you are still hungry. This can help you to avoid overeating or falling victim to the “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” syndrome.

5 – Don’t nap after the meal. Go for a walk, help find Easter eggs, play games, and get moving after you eat. Get the blood pumping and burn a few calories before the drive home.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, enjoy time with family and friends and remember the true meaning of Easter. Hint: It isn’t eating peeps or hunting eggs! Whether this is your first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, Thank you! I am so glad you tuned in this week! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week ~ Lacey

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