You know that feeling, the little voice that says “Well, I can just eat one more cookie, it IS the holidays.” We have all been there. The holiday season can be a challenge when it comes to managing your healthy eating habits. But I want to help. Here are a few simple steps to help you cut down from overindulging this holiday season.
1. Focus on the people – not the food.
The holidays are meant to spend time with friends and family. So do that, talk among those you are with, you’re not there for the food.
2. Make the occasional exception – not the rule.
One day of splurging on holiday food is ok. Just make sure to get back to your normal routine the next day and get through the New Year.
3. Host the party.
You can ensure there are healthy choices when you host. If you are going to someone else’s house, offer to bring food.
4. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach.
Before heading out, eat a light, healthy snack. Foods rich in protein and fiber are a great option; they help you feel full longer. If there is no time to eat, have a large glass of water when you get there.
5. Choose foods wisely.
Usually there will be acceptable foods within the sweets. Items like cocktail shrimp, smoked salmon, nuts, fruit, and veggies are great options. Just go easy on the dip.
6. Eat slowly.
It takes approximately 20 minutes before we realize that we are full. So take your time.
7. Drink responsibly.
Consider drinking water or another non-alcoholic drink. But stay away from soda.
Remember…Beauty Begins Within