Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Try as many tips as you can without feeling like you're depriving yourself. Enjoying the season is as important as trying not to put on the traditional 7 holiday pounds!
- Don't starve yourself before going to a party and set yourself up for overeating. Eat healthy foods before you go, choose only those foods that you want to eat at the party, and don't keep eating after you're full.
- Don't skip meals. Eating small meals throughout the day will help keep you from binging at later meals because you're starving.
- Anticipate challenges (like the host who insists on giving you 5 helpings), and think of a plan to head them off beforehand.
- Carry water and healthy snacks when you're out shopping, so you won't need to grab junk food when you get hungry. Try bananas, apples, raisins & other dried fruit, and whole wheat english muffins or whole wheat crackers with peanut butter or light cheese.
- Worry less about eating too may goodies, and focus more on eating as many high-nutrition foods as you can.
- Take small portions of desserts or split them with someone. Savor each bite, and focus on enjoying the flavor.
- Take your time with meals. Your body takes 20 minutes to register that it's full.
- Choose special treats that aren't available to you year-round.
- Chew each mouthful thoroughly and savor your meals rather than rushing through them unconsciously.
- Spend your time socializing rather than devouring the meal.
- If you're full after dinner, consider waiting an hour or two before having dessert, when you'll have more room for it and won't feel over full.
- Drink alcoholic beverages only during or after a meal. Drinking beforehand increases your appetite and decreases your willpower.
- Bring and look for appetizers like fresh veggies with low fat dips or by themselves and pretzels.
- Write down what you eat. Studies show that simple act makes you eat less.
- Choose light meats. Light turkey is much lower in fat than dark. (5g vs. 10g per serving.)
- Dip your fork in salad dressing on the side of your salad, rather than tossing the salad dressing in the salad ahead of time.
- Load up on veggies and salads to fill you up with minimal calories.
- Drink water to quench your thirst and fill your stomach.