Reboot your nutritional lifestyle

While it may seem counterintuitive to be considering a “nutrition reboot” as we enter the holiday season, it is actually perfect timing. If you can reboot your nutritional lifestyle this time of year, then sticking to this lifestyle throughout the rest of the year should be manageable.

Your body requires constant attention and due to life’s many challenges, it does not always receive the attention, care and nurturance that it needs and deserves. One of the primary aspects of self-care is paying close attention to our nutritional needs to physiologically and mentally function optimally.

Consequently, consider the following 10 nutritional rebooting tips and apply these tips now before the holiday season begins in earnest. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

•Tip #1 Clean out your refrigerator and pantry and eliminate all dated items. Then, peruse the remainder and parse out items that you know you can do without giving those foods to those in need.

•Tip #2 Now, that you have a clean slate, it is time to grocery shop. Before you go to the store, make certain that you have eaten a healthy, satisfying meal or snack so that when you are walking the aisles you are making good choices.

•Tip #3 While enjoying your healthy meal or snack, create a shopping list that includes all of the ingredients you will require for the meals you intend to prepare. You are far more likely to prepare those meals if you have everything you need at your fingertips. So, pull out the cook books and check out the caloric and nutrient content of each recipe enabling you to plan each meal accordingly.

•Tip #4 Once at the grocery store, avoid the processed food aisles except to stock up on spices and canned/packaged foods that work for those times when you may not have access to the fresh food alternative. And, you may purchase high quality whey or soy protein for those days when a protein shake is just what your body needs. The frozen food aisles are good for frozen fruit and vegetables, again for those times when you may not have access to fresh alternatives.

•Tip #5 Read nutrition labels and become an educated consumer both from a nutrient-dense choice perspective and from a cost perspective (i.e. what will you actually receive in your nutritional bank for what you are paying for out of your personal income bank).

•Tip #6 Stock up on the foods that line the perimeter of the store as these tend to be the fresh, whole foods and then label (i.e. date/contents, etc.) and freeze when necessary.

•Tip #7 When purchasing produce, consider all colors (i.e. red, green, orange and yellow, etc.) and purchase a wide variety of types of produce to spice up your nutritional repertoire.

•Tip #8 When purchasing meat, poultry, pork or seafood, choose the freshest, leanest cuts and chat with the butcher as they can direct you accordingly.

•Tip #9 Once you are home with your purchases, organize your kitchen so that you are easily able to locate all of your food and utensils for preparation.

•Tip #10 Prepare foods such as healthy soups in bulk and freeze what you are not initially consuming.

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