There is nothing better than the festive holiday season. The weather cools off, which calls for cozy, warm clothing, homes are decorated in bright colors and twinkle lights, and more than anything the food is delicious and seriously indulgent. Endless options of food make it very easy to overeat and undo all the hard work you put in throughout the year to stay fit and healthy. It really doesn’t help that some of the best holiday foods, like apple pie, cookies, eggnog and latkes, are calorie-rich foods that can very quickly expand your waistline. You don’t need to deprive yourself of delicious holiday food, but it is important to eat consciously and make smart choices so you that you don’t have to start the New Year with a crash diet. Here are 10 tips for healthy holiday eating that we put together to share with you:
- Pause Before Seconds
It takes a little while for your body and brain to realize that you are full. After finishing your first serving, take a ten-minute break before deciding to go back for seconds. Once the break is up see if you still feel hungry and if you still want to go for a second round of food, you may realize that you are full, or your second round will be a smaller portion.
- Eat Before the Party
Whether you choose to enjoy a healthy, filling meal or a handful of almonds to satiate your hunger, it’s smart to have a bite to eat before an indulgent feast. If you show up famished, you are more likely to eat fast, overindulge and feel sick later in the evening.
- Think Before You Drink
Always make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you are drinking alcohol then don’t drink on an empty stomach and make smart decisions. A glass of eggnog alone can cost you 500+ calories!
- Walk It Out
If you can walk to and from your event, definitely do that. If you are at a family gathering, see if the family wants to join you for a walk around the block before or after the meal.
- Don’t Shop Hungry
If you are getting ready to host a holiday feast and you’re out shopping for your event, make sure to have a snack beforehand. It is a lot easier to ignore the snack aisle or the scent of fresh baked goodies if you shop on a full stomach.
- Bring on the Vegetables
Vegetables should always be a main part of your diet, and during the holiday season veggies are also more fun! Try to eat your veggies first, they’ll make you feel full faster and you’re less likely to overindulge.
- Enjoy Every Bite
It is so important to eat slowly, not just to savor the flavor, but also because it takes more than 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you are actually full. Remember to pace yourself and enjoy every delicious bite – this way you are sure to enjoy the meal and you’re more likely to stop eating once you’ve had enough.
- Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping breakfast or lunch in order to make room for a holiday dinner or to save your calories for an upcoming feast will ultimately lead to overeating. Instead, we recommend enjoying a balanced breakfast and a satisfying lunch the day of a holiday event. A delicious green smoothie and a fresh salad with grilled chicken will do the trick!
- Lose the Guilt, Enjoy Desert
Eating healthy during the holiday season can make every person feel a little anxious, but don’t get too worked up. Enjoy the season of celebration, and if you happen to eat more than you intended, or indulged in a few extra slices of apple pie, don’t beat yourself up. It’s more important to reel yourself back even if you do go overboard, try to get back to healthy eating habits as soon as you can to make up for the additional calories.
- 10.Don’t Stand Next to the Snack Table
It’s so easy to munch on snacks while having a conversation with your friends and family. Make sure to position yourself away from the appetizer and snack table, you don’t want to mindlessly consume empty calories just because the chips and dip were within reaching distance!
As you get ready to enjoy the holiday season and welcome in the New Year, keep your health and wellness goals in mind. If you are interested in beauty and skin care treatments in the new year, contact us to learn about our products and specials. We look forward to hearing from you!