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It’s the holidays and for most Americans, that means eating – lots of eating – followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

But why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond?

According to a recent website survey, about 18 percent of people say it’s hard for them to eat healthy because they don’t want to stop eating their favorite foods. The good news is you don’t have to. You can still enjoy your favorite occasional indulgences, but in moderation. It’s all about being mindful of what you eat.

Mindless Eating

Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. It’s eating while distracted – watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. It’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. Simply put, it’s not paying attention to what we eat which can lead to being overweight and even obesity.

“Mindless eating has always been an issue,” said Riska Platt, M.S., a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. “The key to mindful eating is awareness. Just by paying more attention to what you eat, you’re more likely to make beneficial changes.”

Awareness

When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can make small changes that make a big difference. Here are some tips toward a more mindful approach:

  • Control portions. Especially during the holidays, know that you’ll have more opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts. You don’t have to deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often.
  • Eat when you’re hungry. Just because the clock says noon doesn’t mean you have to eat. If you’re not hungry, wait until you are – just don’t wait until you’re famished because you might overeat. Also, don’t eat just because the food is available. Learn more about why you might be eating when not hungry.  
  • Plan. Prepare healthy snacks throughout the day. If you tend to get hungry between meals, bring along a 200-calorie, whole grain, high-fiber snack, fiber keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Slow down. Enjoy each bite and put your fork down while chewing, then take a drink between each bite. This gives your body enough time to trigger your brain that you are satisfied (not necessarily full).
  • Pay attention. Do not eat in front of the TV or computer, or while standing in the kitchen or talking on the phone. When you do these things, you’re more likely to lose track of how much you’ve eaten.
  • Use technology. As we continue to become increasingly distracted by modern technology, our focus on health can fall to the back burner. But it doesn’t have to be that way. “We can actually use our smartphones and other electronic devices to help us,” said Platt, a volunteer with the American Heart Association. “There are now apps that manage food records, count calories, help you track what you eat and even provide guidance on healthy food choices at the grocery store and restaurants.”
  • Keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat, look at it, then identify why you ate it – was it hunger, stress, boredom? Then look for areas you can make adjustments and incorporate healthy changes. “Keeping a food diary is really key to awareness,” Platt said. “Most people are surprised at all they’ve consumed when they review what they’ve eaten.”

Eating healthier is easier than you think!

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4 Stars

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Get outdoors with the Ranger boot. These stylish and durable boots look great on the trails or at work.

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Women’s Shoes

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Running shoes can be supportive and look good. Our Refresh athletic shoes are proof.

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4 Stars

Clean, classic and comfortable; let the Victory live to its name as your go-to athletic shoe!

“I absolutely find these the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned in my life. I am 300 lb.  and a diabetic with horrible neuropathy pain in my feet and they are still comfortable and holding up well…” Reviewer Nadine

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It’s not always necessary to choose fashion over function. Look stylish in the Betty!

“I really like the look of this shoe, it is stylish for an orthopedic/Velcro shoe…” Reviewer Moonbeam

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Looking to keep your feet happy and protected outdoors? Then the lightweight Vigor boot might be for you.

“This is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn for work, bar none”- Reviewer CO Gal

“At age 57 I took a job in a greenhouse because I love working with plants. I am a type 2 diabetic (no foot neuropathy) and have arthritis on a toe in my left foot. I tried 3 different shoes I had in the house. My feet still ached from being on them for 8 hrs. These boots are ideal. The gel inserts that came with the boots are an added plus…” – Reviewer Gardening Lover

 

 


 
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