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How to eat healthy while snowed in

While you're hunkered down during the snowstorm, your body may cry out for comfort foods, such as macaroni and cheese, chips and hot chocolate.

But there are ways to avoid temptation and eat healthily while stuck inside during the snowstorm, said Mary Beth Sodus, a registered dietician with the Center for Weight Management and Wellness at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Here are her health hibernation habits:

1. Practice mindful eating and ask yourself: "What am I really hungry for?"

2. Think: Are you eating because of emotional triggers or because you are really hungry?

3. Physical hunger builds gradually, occurs several hours after a meal and eating causes a feeling of satisfaction, Sodus said.

4. Boredom eating can be triggered by the sight or smell of food, watching cooking shows or just because it tastes good.

To avoid winter weight in general, Sodus says:

Focus on healthy wholesome stews, soups or chili with a lot of vegetables.

Pause between each bite to focus and enjoy the sensation of eating.

Cultivate a strong support system that includes family and friends that you can call on.

Stay hydrated: The human body is about 75 percent water and needs every drop to function, especially if you are out of doors.

 

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