November has flown by! Thanksgiving is this week and before you know it Christmas will be here. The holidays are a time to savor and enjoy, but they don’t have to mean overindulging. Here are my tips for staying on track throughout the holiday season.
Top 10 Healthy Holiday Tips
- Don’t go to party hungry! Of course there is going to be food at any holiday event, but showing up starving can lead to overindulging. Have a small snack or meal before heading to your event. This will lead to smaller portions and less temptation to overeat.
- Bring your own food. If guests are each bringing a dish to the gathering make something tasty and healthy. This will ensure that you will have at least one healthy option to put on your plate. (This tip goes for non-holiday related events too! Think cookouts, tailgating, etc.)
- Survey your options. Check out all your options and figure out what you want most! Fill one plate with your favorites and save room for one portion of dessert. If you start filling your plate before viewing everything you may end up taking too much.
- Remember portion sizes. A small or reasonable sized portion of unhealthy eats is okay! Don’t restrict yourself too much otherwise you’ll end up wanting everything at once.
- Choose beverages wisely. Alcoholic beverages are always going to be offered. Try to refrain from drinking sugar-loaded holiday drinks. Stick to spirits with mixers such as club soda, diet soda, lemon, or lime. Light beers and wine are also better options. Remember to stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water before drinking alcohol and drink water in between beverages.
- Cheat smart. Have that one cookie, one slice of pie, or one extra scoop of mashed potatoes. Do it on occasion and do it when you feel like you’ve been staying on track. If you don’t indulge a little, you’ll overindulge by accident.
- You can say no! Everyone is proud of the dish they made or the dessert they baked. Of course you’re going to want to try it all. Don’t be afraid to tell someone politely no. You don’t have to take another bite if you’re full or say yes to something you don’t really want.
- Always have healthy snacks. Keep an extra protein bar or handful of nuts in your car or purse for when the going gets rough. If you can’t find a healthy option and didn’t bring your own dish you can grab your snack and remain on track.
- Make time for exercise. Most days are busy surrounding the holidays, but make time for yourself. Getting in enough workouts is important to take care of yourself. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Make it your goal to remain the same weight.
- Focus on socializing. Have fun with your friends and family! Focus on the experience with loved ones rather than the food.