How, then, to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your healthy habits??
Top 5 Tips for Hanging onto Healthy Eating Habits Over the Holidays1. Don’t show up to a holiday party famished. Eat something with protein and fiber, such as an apple & peanut butter, before you arrive and you won’t be tempted to attack the finger foods with a vengeance.
2. Keep the booze consumption under control. Tis the season for Egg nog, Kahlua drinks and hot toddy; they will likely be offered to you over and over. Keep in mind that they contain just as many calories as some meals!! Instead opt for a light beer, glass of wine or vodka & soda water. My personal favorite is to make my own wine spritzers by filling 1/2 or 3/4 of my wine glass with soda water & then filling the remaining part with red wine. This allows me to drink 3 or 4 “glasses full” without consuming 3 or 4 glasses of wine. AND I stay more hydrated!
3. Eat as MANY veggies & fruits as you want. If you fill your plate with veggies (that aren’t covered in cheese or heavy cream sauce) there will be less room on your plate & in your belly for unhealthy things! When dessert comes around, allow yourself ONE small treat and then stick to flavored seltzer, tea, and fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
4. Remember that there is always tomorrow. Don’t treat each holiday party, gathering and meal like it’ll be your last. Keep in mind that this is holiday SEASON and you will likely find yourself at several more similar settings in the upcoming weeks. Don’t feel the need to try it all, splurge on dessert & have an extra drink at every party you attend. Pick one event at which you enjoy dessert. At another one, have a cocktail or two. At a third, allow yourself to try a small portion of a “treat” appetizer.
5. Eat extra clean during the week. It is often one weekend holiday party after another that do us in. Inevitably there will be some level of splurging, or at least deviation from your normal eating routine. So during the week when you have control of your meals, make them as HEALTHY and CLEAN as possible!! Omit any treats, alcohol & dessert during your everyday meals. Save your splurges for the times when you don’t have total control of your food/beverage selection.
The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. It often revolves around eating and drinking in a group setting, which can lead to major healthy habit sabotage. But, sticking to these tips can help you do some serious damage control and keep you on track toward your goals! Do you have any other tips on staying healthy over the holidays?? I’d love to hear them!