How to stay focused when the cold creeps in…

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It felt like just the other day when we were celebrating the start of the new year, seeing kids get started at school, and committing to our new year’s resolutions! And just like that, it’s already April and we can feel the nip in the air in the morning and the evenings…

If you are feeling the urge to binge a little, it is understandable. Your body takes time to adjust to changing weather as the new season approaches. It’s also a time that people often get colds and flu as our immune systems take a while to adjust to.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you stay focused on your eating plan during this time of transition.

  1. Set small, measurable goals that will help you reach your overall large goal. For instance – I will eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, incorporate leafy green veggies into 3 meals a day, drink at least 2 liters of water daily, etc, and keep track of how many weeks you stay committed. Every day is a win!
  2. Keep a food and exercise journal. This is extremely helpful to track how much you’re eating – sometimes you don’t realize how many small bites here and there add up. You can do a hand-written journal or go digital if that is easier.
  3. Start preparing warmer meals. Meal preparation is a great way to make sure you have comforting meals on hand when you end the day. Warmer spices and tomato bases give a warm feeling to any meal. Preparing in advance is essential.
  4. Skip the pantry and head to the fridge.No one really keeps a lot of processed foods in their fridge because they’re usually self-stable. When looking for an afternoon snack, rather look for something from the fridge (fat-free yogurt, fruit, veggies with hummus, edamame beans, etc.)
  5. Try new foods. Look for new healthy recipes online, in cookbooks or magazines so you don’t get bored with eating the same thing too often. Did you know that Slender Wonder has two cookbooks? They are full of delicious, lean meals that are easy to make and a treat to eat and available to buy here!
  6. Enlist support from your friends and family. Let your close friends and family know that you need to stay committed to your goal, and urge them not to try to tempt you with treats that they may be indulging in. If need be, team up with a friend and hold each other accountable for eating healthy.
  7. Eat something every few hours. This keeps your metabolism running and also makes sure you don’t get ravenous and end up eating whatever is in sight when you get home from work. Low-calorie snacks such as a few slices of cucumber or a few baby tomatoes go a long way to filling the gap!
  8. Keep nutritious foods on hand and ready to eat. Shopping healthy is the key to eating healthy! Having fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats, and smart carbs each week is extremely helpful for staying on track.  Keep tempting foods that trigger you to overeat out of the house!
  9. Always bring a healthy snack with you when you leave the house for more than a couple of hours. Apples, bananas, fruit and nut bars, homemade trail mix, and carrots are super portable. The Slender Wonder protein bar is always a win!
  10. When going out to eat, look at the menu for the restaurant online. Deciding beforehand what healthy option you’re going to get can be helpful so you’re not tempted by unhealthy options once you’re there.

Most importantly, don’t let one setback keep you from working toward your goal. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up. Just make sure your next meal is a healthy one!

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