‘Tis the Season… to overindulge.
There are a few people who can keep their homes stocked with holiday favorites and NOT overindulge, but I know when I am over stressed, over hungry or over tired, am likely to have a little treat feast. Here are some tips to help you out!
- Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.
- Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day. Check out some of the local gyms and try a class. Pull out some old workout DVDs or stream something online.
- Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables, a piece of fruit or a shake to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge, and either start your day with a nutritious breakfast or have a PLAN for when you are tempted by an unhealthy choice when you are out and about.
- Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. I like to fill at least half of my plate with vegetables and fruits.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy. Aim for 20-30 chews for each mouth full!!! Don’t eat those treats like you are never going to see them again! I know we have all done that!
- Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar. ADD more water – to start your day, before meals, between alcoholic drinks… aim for at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day to help you feel more full!
- If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one sweet treat so if you add somewhere, just remember to cut somewhere else!
- Take the focus OFF food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of homes decorated for the holidays. Instead of candy in the advent calendar, put notes good for special family games or activities.
- Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. I love to bring a veggie plate, salad or veggie heavy entree so I have a choice I can enjoy – plus it helps others out too! Set yourself up for success.
- Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in carbs and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Search Pinterest or head to my website for some great ideas to lighten the calories without losing the flavor! Healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring!
Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods –in moderation! In the long run, your mind and body will thank you.
Check out my articles on Healthier Holiday Recipes and if you still need some healthy living gift ideas, check out THIS post.
Make a plan and work the plan, don’t leave your health up to chance!
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