Between the mashed potatoes, buttery rolls, stuffing, desserts and sweet pies, and holiday drinks at all your favorite bars and coffee houses, it’s easy to “over-indulge”! But no matter how tempting one more piece of pie or that fancy drink may be, it’s important for us to continue to make smart and healthy eating choices during this time of year.
So here’s my ever so humble advice:
- Use smart substitutions when cooking: try egg whites instead of whole eggs; use low or nonfat dairy items; serve whole grain vs white rolls; try Splenda instead of sugar; use real baked yams instead of canned or candied yams; try using sodium free seasonings or real onions and garlic cloves instead of salt, garlic salt, onion salt….just to name a few!
- Eat a healthy meal at home before you go to a holiday party.
- Pace yourself and eat slowly. Remember it actually takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you are full. Tip: put your fork down (all the way on the table people …LOL) between each bite.. and complete your chewing and swallowing before you reach for that fork again..Ha!
- Skip the salty pre-meal snackage.
- Monitor or try 86’ing the whip cream and marshmallows on those fancy coffee house drinks.
- Drink plenty of water at meal time and between cocktails. This will help from over-indulging.
- Don’t stand at the buffet table, this actually promotes you eating more food than you need. Take a plate and sit down.
- Take a walk after you eat or head to the gym earlier in the day. It’s important to expend more calories that you take in.
- Focus on socializing! Conversation is “Calorie Free!”
- Say “No” politely: “I couldn’t possibly have another bite, but it was so delicious!”
- Allow yourself only one indulgence, whether it be a cocktail, a dessert or a second helping of your favorite holiday food.
Just remember… we do have to live and it’s okay to enjoy food. Just be smart. If you are a person who goes to many holiday parties, it’s best to strategize, because before you know it, those 5-10 lb of holiday weight will creep up. And it’s easier to gain weight than to lose it!
Happy Healthy Holidays!
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