Coming out of Thanksgiving, and now into “Christmas Time”, chances are you are going to be invited to several parties, be gifted sweet treats, etc. So here are 5 easy tips to help combat that holiday feasting!
Tip 1: Stick to protein & produce when you’re attending a holiday dinner. It’s an easy rule of thumb, and helps you put the focus on “healthier” dishes being served.
Tip 2: For all those potlucks, bring a salad! I know, salads are probably not the most exciting thing, but by you bringing the salad you can ensure that there will be produce plus a healthy dish! You can go a step further by “dressing” the salad ahead of time with a homemade dressing. Topping your salads with healthy fats like avocado, will also help you feel satiated – which means you’ll be less likely to over indulge in the other dishes. Or, if you’re feeling up to it, take your favorite holiday dish and change up the ingredients to make it healthy. Virtually every dish out there can be made healthy (thanks to the various bloggers & chefs out there that help us sub out ingredients)!
Tip 3: Drink lots of water! Make sure you are well hydrated before & after those holiday meals. Limit your alcohol consumption (since that is just empty calories), and if you do indulge, balance it out with extra water, black coffee, or green tea (unsweetened).
Tip 4: Don’t stress! I know, easier said than done….but if you think about it, stress does more harm than good. Stress releases cortisol, which causes the body to store fat. Help combat that stress by going on a leisurely walk for 20 to 30 minutes & some light stretching.
Tip 5: Plan ahead! Go into the feast knowing what you will treat yourself to. This helps with overindulging. For example, I love my mom’s sweet potato casserole (with pecans & all the other sinful ingredients). It’s something I look forward to during the holidays. So, I go into our family gatherings knowing that I will put the focus on turkey and salad, so that way I can treat myself to the sweet potato casserole. I do also love pumpkin pie! So if I indulge, I get myself a small piece of pie and black coffee.
If you over indulge, just move on from it. Don’t think that you should “starve” yourself the next day. Continue to hydrate with water, take an extra walk, but whatever you do, don’t “punish” yourself after the event or the next day.
Enjoy this wonderful time of the year!