The holiday season is infamous for hijacking our healthy choices and making us pack on the pounds. Approach the season with these tips in mind in order to both indulge as well as to maintain your overall healthy lifestyle.
Choosing a small dinner plate, 8-9 inches in diameter, and filling it only once is a good way to ensure you do not eat in excess.
Rather than selecting a bit of everything being served, before filling your plate take note of all the food selections and decide which foods you like the best and which can be ignored based on your personal presence.
Another approach to making yourself a healthy plate is to fill half of it with non-starchy vegetables and salads before selecting richer sides, entrees, and desserts.
Ditch the ‘happy plate’ method. Instead pay attention to your hunger cues and stop eating when you are satisfied, not full…even if this means leaving a serving or two on your plate. After all, who doesn’t love those holiday leftovers!?
Do not try to “save” calories for a party or feast, arriving to a dinner party ravished is a sure bet for over-eating. Instead, continue to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the course of each day during the holiday season.
Eat your calories! Stick to lower calorie or calorie free beverages. Rather than punches, eggnog, heavy beers, or mixed drinks choose water, teas, and wine spritzers.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the course of the day will help to keep you full with zero calories!
If you’re hosting or bringing a menu item to a party, contribute low calorie dishes including vegetables, fruits, and lean meats.
Don’t hang out near the food, instead find a spot away from the dishes and make the event focused around people instead of eating. Suggest an engaging game so that attention is easily focused on the company rather than the cake.
Have a dessert. Love cheesecake? Go for it! When the sweets are brought out don’t avoid them completely, this will leave you feeling unsatisfied and wishful. Instead, select your favorite dessert dish and indulge in a small piece. Remember to savor the taste and texture of those holiday treats.
Do not throw out your daily activity! If you normally go to the gym regularly, continue to do so. Even short, post-dinner walks will help. Better yet, suggest a new tradition, like a post meal family “turkey trot.”