Its holiday season!
Full of cocktail parties, family dinners, gatherings with friends and of course of delicious meals, scrumptious desserts and festive drinks.
How can you possibly stay on track with your healthy eating goals during this season?
Here are a few tips...
Arriving at a party super hungry is a surefire way to throw all your healthy eating goals out the window. One look at the buffet and your willpower will be gone! Try having a handful of nuts, an energy bite (get the recipe here), some veggies and hummus or an apple with almond butter before you go. This will give fill you up a bit and you will be more likely to indulge a little less on appys and desserts.
If possible make yourself a plate of appetizers or desserts instead of mindless grazing. This will make you more aware of how much you are eating. If you want a second plate - wait about 10 minutes and ask yourself if you are really hungry.
Try to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. This will keep you feeling full and also help you drink less. Reach for wine, champagne, or liquor mixed with soda water. Tonic water and fruit juice are both full of sugar and empty calories. Be sure to stay hydrated during the day as well to help you feel your best and keep snacking at bay. Often times dehydration is mistaken for hunger so fill up your water bottle before tackling the mall!
There is no reason to deprive yourself of food you love this season. Try to remember the 80/20 rule when making your plate. 80 percent healthy choices, 20 percent indulging in a craving. Forbidding certain foods may only make them seem more attractive. Instead of trying to exert crazy willpower for all of December accept that you will eat a few indulgences here and there and enjoy them instead of feeling guilty over them.
This is the perfect time of year for a nighttime walk to look at all the beautiful Christmas lights. Park your car further away when shopping and take the stairs. Maybe you can convince everyone to take a group walk together after a family meal. Walking helps with healthy digestion and is a great way to burn a few extra calories you most likely will consume.
I would love to hear from you! How do you stick to your healthy habits during the holiday season? Let me know in the comments below...