The hustle and bustle of the holidays is here! This is a magical, wonderful time. It’s so easy to over-indulge this time of year. Instead of dreading those parties, use them as a REASON to stay on track!
Here are some sensible tips for holiday eating. Learn now to stay the course anywhere there are holiday goodies – at home, work or a festive gathering.
Move Your Body: Staying consistent with your exercise routine is important all year long. Always pick an activity to participate in that you enjoy! If it’s something you like to do, you’re more likely to do it. Don’t be afraid to try new things & expand your options. Ahh…there’s so many!
Remove The Temptation: Out of sight, out of mind! Clear your office or home of the tempting goodies. If you’re baking, keep a small amount for your family & then give the rest away. ‘Tis the season for giving!!!
Stay Hydrated: Keep your water glass close by & full. Drinking water will help keep you more full & satisfied. And it will also get you up & moving to locate the bathroom. Heck yes, a double bonus!
Eat Your Fruits & Veggies: Yep, your mom was right! Fill up on these foods – they will keep you more full. The more color and variety the better. Aim to get your 7 servings in before you consider indulging in a treat.
Don’t Go To The Party Hungry: Eat a handful of raw nuts, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs or fruit/veggies beforehand. Approach the party food if you feel hungry. And then take inventory of what your options are before you plate up.
Be In Charge: You’re in control! Bring a clean dish to share so you know that you’ll have one healthy option. Use a smaller plate to control your portions. Avoid the thick sauces, deep-fried and cheese covered foods if possible.
Say “No Thank You”: Learn to say no the polite way. Guess what? You’re not going to hurt anyone’s feelings. And you’re also not obligated to eat anything, even when there is encouragement from others (especially the host).
Focus On The Conversation: Mingle! Standing burns more calories than sitting. Offer to help clean up, too – this will keep you moving.
Have A Treat: Allow yourself 1 serving of whatever smells, looks and tastes the best in the moment. Take your time and choose wisely. If you’re going to indulge, make sure your tastebuds will dance for it!
Have Fun: Don’t stress! These holiday FUNctions are just that. So kick your feet up, laugh a little and enjoy!!! And as the quote by Thomas Tusser goes, “At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”
Cheers to a happy, healthy holiday!