It is that time of year again when celebratory cocktails, savory dishes, and indulgent desserts are all around us. I must admit, I LOVE Thanksgiving. I love everything about it! The food, family, good belly laughs, shopping insanity, and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays. It’s a great time of year! But, with all the excitement it is easy to over indulge during the holiday season. As a nutritionist I receive a number of new clients wanting to shed the extra holiday pounds come January. Therefore, I am exciting to share with you my top 10 Healthy Holiday Tips so that weight loss is not part of your 2018 New Year resolution.
10 Healthy Holiday Tips
Be Realistic. Holidays are not the best time of year to plan for weight loss. Instead, focus on maintaining a healthy weight.
Schedule time for physical activity. Put it on your calendar! Schedule time to get active and don’t let anyone cancel your appointment…including yourself. Moderate, daily activity can partially offset excess calories from holiday splurges. Keep in mind the more you eat the more you need to increase your physical activity.
Don’t skip meals. Eat breakfast! It truly is the most important meal of the day. Long periods of time without food leads to weight gain over time. Keep your metabolism going by eating small meals and snacks throughout the day.
Eat until your satisfied, not stuffed. Practice mindful eating techniques.
Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a healthy snack or meal before you arrive so you don’t over indulge on unhealthy options. High fiber foods will leave you feeling fuller for longer periods of time and will curb cravings for holiday treats.
Don’t drink your calories. Holiday cocktails are festive and loaded with calories. A 3.5-ounce pour is about 250 Calories. Add a mixer or juice and you have a 400 Calorie drink.
Bring a healthy dish to the party. Be the salad-go-to person that your friends rely on to bring a healthy dish. Yes! You be that person that always brings something healthy. Click here to get my favorite salad recipe.
Take the focus off food. Who says you must make holiday cookies? Make a holiday sugar scrub instead. Share the gift of soft skin instead of sugary treats. Check out the link below to make your own sugar scrub; it’s a great holiday gift!
Count your bites. Most appetizers are approximately 60 Calories per bite. 5 bites = 300 Calories. Bite small or less often.
Get plenty of rest. Decrease sleep results in food cravings that may lead to weight gain.
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