It’s easy to get caught up with the holiday spirit, not paying attention to what we’re eating until we’re left dealing with the extra pounds. Let’s face it; they’re never as easy to take off as they were going on. Don’t feel like you’ve got to miss out. A little forethought and mindful choices, and you can enjoy the holidays and great food without feeling deprived.
- Eat a little something before you go to a holiday dinner or a party will keep you from over-eating right out of the gate.
- Go green; vegetables that is. Many vegetables are high in fiber and water content, filling you up more and making it easier to eat less of high fat foods.
- Move around and mingle with other guests. You’ll eat less when you’re actively engaged in conversation.
- If there are lots of great food options, and you want it all, select a variety, but put a single bite of each on your plate instead of heaping spoonfuls. You’ll have the satisfaction of not feeling deprived, without overdoing.
- Don’t eat for the sake of eating. Save calories for the things you really enjoy. Eat slowly – it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register when you’re full.
- If you’re drinking alcohol, keep in mind some choices can have some significant calories. Enjoy a drink if you want but follow it up with a water chaser.
- Keep your usual routine as much as possible during the holiday season. Getting enough sleep is especially important during the holiday season and maintaining your exercise routine will help keep you on track.
Lastly, enjoy. Slow down. Don’t rush through the season so fast that you forget to celebrate the special moments with family and friends.