A few of my favorite healthy tips are…

Ditch and Switch.  Ditch the refined foods and switch them with healthier options.  For example, instead of using refined white flour and/or sugar, use almond flour or coconut sugar instead.  There are many alternatives to choose from, and you can most definitely find one that you will love – and I bet you nobody will even notice!  Aside from the sweets, you can also trade out white rice or mashed potatoes with creating cauliflower rice or mashed “potatoes” out of cauliflower.

Fresh Herbs and Spices.  You can really dress up a meal by adding fresh herbs and spices to it – I personally use them every time I cook.  It’s incredibly affordable and simple to keep a small, fresh herb garden growing in your kitchen window, and you will always have direct access to fresh herbs.  Even better, there are incredible health properties in many of the herbs and spices we use and love.  Many of our favorite holiday spices are greatly beneficial for our health and a strong immune system, which is certainly helpful during cold and flu season.  Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and nutmeg are a few of these popular holiday spices that you will reap healthy benefits from, so find a place for them in your recipes anywhere you can!

Use Different Dishes.  One of my favorite, most powerful tools to stay on track with my health goals is getting creative with portion control.  Instead of using dinner-sized plates, which we tend to fill, use smaller plates.  Use a mid-sized saucer or salad plate for your dinner plate( I actually use a salad plate all the time), and then go back for seconds if needed.  A lot of the overeating that we do is mindless, habitual eating because it’s in front of us and we were taught to clean our plates.  Taking this temptation away helps tremendously, and you’ll very quickly learn how much you actually need to feel satisfied – I guarantee it is less than you are used to!

With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to not entering January feeling bloated, discouraged and off track.  A truly healthy life revolves around balance – and finding your own personal balance
will take trial and error. Balance doesn’t mean you never eat fudge again (that won’t happen here for sure), but it means you choose when you eat it and savor every bite!

I have been so blessed this year.  It has been a year of recovery from my stroke, a year of figuring out who I really am in this realm of coaching and a year of the new normal.  I am still very passionate about coaching and supporting your efforts to be the best version of healthy you can be…but it was a year of learning moderation and balance for me too.  Becoming more mindful of my choices and eating with intention.  

My Christmas wish for you is the same…dig in this year…get to know you! Reach out for support on the journey…I am here for you!

Cheryl Love
Health Coach/Personal Trainer