The holiday season is a time of joy, laughter, and cheer. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, and indulge in delicious food.
With all the parties and gatherings, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the holidays but also feel in control of your health and nutrition.
1) Know What’s Coming Up
Parties? Dinners? Desserts? Drinking? Planning goes a long way in being prepared and not being taken by surprise or falling victim to the never ending treats.
When you know what to expect at a party, you can know if there are foods you will be able to eat or if you need to bring your own option.
But if you are going to enjoy the desert, own it. Don’t feel guilty! But pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. This way, you can still enjoy the festivities without feeling guilty.
Planning ahead allows you to make healthier choices when it comes to what you eat. Instead of opting for the high-calorie dishes, choose the healthier, more nutritious options when available.
Which leads to the next tip.
2) Choose your indulgences wisely.
There’s no need to deprive yourself of holiday treats entirely, but be selective about what you indulge in.
Choose your favorite holiday foods and enjoy them in moderation.
If you love pumpkin pie, have a small slice instead of the whole thing. If you love eggnog, have a small glass instead of a large one.
By being mindful of what you eat, you can still enjoy the flavors of the season without overdoing it.
When you need a break at home from all the neighbor treats, follow the simple cliche “Out of sight out of mind.”
3) Be Mindful of Your Alcohol Consumption
Alcoholic drinks are often high in calories and can lead to overeating. Try to limit your intake and opt for healthier alternatives such as water or herbal tea.
4) Stay active.
Don’t give up your favorite physical activities just because it’s the holidays. Exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your mental well-being. It’s a great way to relieve stress and burn off excess calories.
So, take a walk after dinner, sign up for a fun holiday-themed workout class, or hit the gym. Whatever you choose, staying active will help you maintain your healthy habits.
5) Focus on socializing.
Remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not just eating. Focus on socializing and enjoying the company of those around you, rather than solely on the food.
Play games, tell stories, or watch a holiday movie together. These activities will help you create memories and cherish the time you spend with your loved ones.
All in all, the holiday season can be a challenging time to stay on track with your healthy eating habits but it’s not impossible.
Plan ahead, choose indulgences wisely, be mindful of your alcohol consumption, stay active and most importantly, focus on socializing!
Enjoy the holidays and if you decide you need some help before, during or after, give us a call! We would love to help you make, keep and help you stay on track of your health and nutrition goals.