I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! It’s that time of year again where the food temptations, hectic schedules with holiday events, and excessive sweets & treats can start to pack on the pounds if we aren’t careful. You may wonder how to enjoy the holidays and still manage to maintain a healthful diet. The secret is moderation and balance – almost any holiday food can fall into your healthy meal plan if you follow some of my favorite holiday eating tips. Stick with these tips and you will be slim and trim when the New Year rings in!
My favorite holiday eating tips:
Tip #1: Plan to Eat a Healthy Snack Before Going Off to a Holiday Party or Dinner:
Have a healthy snack before heading out to your party or dinner, so you won’t be too hungry when you arrive. This will help you to avoid overeating once you are at the party, as well as make more healthful choices.
Tip #2: Avoid Skipping Meals:
Many of us think if we do not eat too much the day of a party we can eat more at the holiday celebration. Skipping meals just sets you up to be ravenous and increases the odds of overeating and/or making poor food choices at the party.
Tip #3: Be Selective:
Choose only the foods you really want to eat. At appetizer tables, choose only 2 or 3 of your favorites and walk away. For dinner selections, fill half your plate with vegetables and divide the rest of the plate between protein and starches. A small taste from the dessert table can satisfy a craving. Avoid mindless eating and snacking. Once you make your food selections stand/sit away from the food tables to avoid unconscious eating.
Tip #4: Limit the Amount of Alcohol you Consume:
Choose alcoholic beverages wisely if you are going to drink. Lower calorie options include wine, wine spritzers, light beer or champagne. In addition to providing empty calories, alcohol tends to lower inhibitions, which may encourage you to overeat.
Tip #5: Skip Other High Calorie Beverages:
Skip high calorie beverages such as sodas, juices, eggnog and special coffee drinks. Save your food budget for the foods offered and stick to drinking water, diet beverages or seltzer.
Tip #6: Wear Pants or Skirts with a Waistband:
An elastic waist does not help to keep you mindful of what you are eating. An actual waistband might help to remind you when to stop.
Tip #7: Be Physically Active:
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It is especially important during the holiday season when you may be eating more than usual. In addition, physical activity can improve your sense of well-being and help to reduce stress levels.
Tip #8: Make the Focus about Family and Friends:
Celebrate being together. Shift the focus from the food and beverages to the joy of being with family and friends.
What are your favorite healthy eating tips during the holidays?
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