Most of you are probably getting ready for an eating binge that will continue into the New Year. Don’t fret, you can still have fun while eating healthy and not going overboard. Well, not too much overboard! Most people gain 2-5 pounds over the holidays which doesn’t seem like a lot except that most people don’t lose that weight, it just keeps adding up year after year. Here are a few tips to enjoy the holidays without overindulging.
1- Don’t go to a party or family dinner with an empty stomach. Not eating will lead to make bad choices as soon as you walk in the door. Have some yogurt, string cheese, or a handful of almonds before you head out.
2- Make your time at the party more about spending time with friends and family and less about food. Do your socializing away from the table.
3- If you are bringing a dish to share, make it a healthy option. People love a fruit platter with a low-calorie dip or look for a healthier version of your favorite recipe.
4- Set limits on alcohol. Enjoy a few alcoholic beverages but think about having a glass of water in between drinks. Alcohol can increase your appetite and decrease your willpower, and that holiday cocktail is probably loaded with empty calories. Stick to lighter beverages like a glass of wine or a mixed drink with club soda and only one shot of alcohol.
5- Load up on fruits and veggies, avoid anything filled with cream cheese, sauces,and rich desserts.
6- Don’t deprive yourself but be choosy. Don’t grab the first thing you see, survey the table and pick one or two things that are worth the calorie binge.
7- Hang out with the talkers, not the eaters! Put 1 or 2 things on your plate and move away from the food area. At least walking back and forth will burn a few calories- and standing burns more than sitting!
Eating too much is one holiday tradition you can do without. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite holiday foods — you just have to choose them wisely.