Pumpkin is a healthy holiday food.

Pumpkin is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which boosts your immune system, protects eyesight, lowers the risk of certain cancers and promotes heart and skin health. It’s also low in calories, making it friendly for dieters.



Slow Down When You Eat

When you eat too fast, you do not begin to feel fullĀ  until after you have overeaten.

Drink a full glass of water before you begin eating.

Then spend 30 minutes eating slowly, tasting each bite.

People who eat slowly eat fewer calories during each meal, than those who rush.


Take Your Measurements

If the scale causes dismay, ignore it. Take 3 simple measurements: around your chest, the smallest portion of your waist, and around a thigh.

Write them down, and don’t look at them again for 30 days when you measure again.

A small mental note that you would like to be thinner and in better shape will help you make good choices between measurements.


Three Delicious Ways to Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important to mood, energy levels, cognitive function and brain health. If you do not enjoy plain water or find sports drinks too sweet or too salty, here are a few ideas for make-it-yourself sports drinks that will help replace electrolytes and fluids.

Lemon-Lime Lusciousness
2 Cups of Water, 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and 1/2 a lime plus a pinch of sea salt.

Pomegranate Perfection
2 cups of green tea, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of pomegranate juice, and a pinch of sea salt.

Coconut Water Combo
2 cups of coconut water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of mango, apple, guava or orange juice.


Three Low-Calorie, On-the-Go McDonalds Breakfast Foods

Skipping breakfast can take a toll on your eating patterns the rest of the day. Here are three quick breakfast foods that you can pick up at the drive-through if you’re in a hurry.
Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait – 150 calories
Fruit & Maple Oatmeal – 290 calories
Egg White Delight McMuffin – 250 calories


Pick Fat-Burning Snacks

Snacking to cut calories can be a bad thing. You let yourself get hungry, then overdo it at the next meal.

Here are a few fat-burning snack ideas that are delicious:
A cup of yogurt with raspberries and honey
A cup of grapes with walnuts
A cup of lightly salted edamame
10 Wheat Thins and a half cup of cottage cheese
A half cup of hummus on cucumber slices
A cup of microwave oatmeal with blueberries
A banana with a tablespoon of peanut or cashew butter
Turkey jerkey and an orange
A pear with a tablespoon of almond butter
Arctic Zero ice cream – an entire pint is only 150 calories


Take Good Care of your Gut

If you experience gut troubles, think about the following 4 foods that have a positive probiotic effect:
kombucha tea
kimchi (spicy Korean cabbage)
kefir (a tart milk drink)

Plan Your Meals in your Head

Rather than eating whatever is handy when you get hungry, take 2 minutes in the morning before you get dressed and plan what and where you will eat all day.