The holidays are here and with their arrival come a virtual onslaught of sugary and high-calorie temptations. For many people, holidays and family get togethers are a time for celebration; and yes, for food. Rounding the bend into the New Year, it can feel like the very air is filled with sugar. It’s very easy for normal eating patterns to take a backseat at this time of year, but with a few minor changes, special occasion foods can be both delicious and nutritious.
I think it’s important to get back to basics. All said and done the holiday season isn’t just about food, even though it does seem to take center stage. It’s about friends and family too. Try these few simple suggestions—with them, and a little discipline–you’ll have your own great recipe for the holidays, without regret next time you step on the scale.
- Use the season to spend time catching up with friends and loved ones, and participating in community events. Bring the focus away from eating and find a way that you can help those less fortunate.
- Before an event try eating a little snack high in protein to prevent over eating. Don’t go hungry—this can lead to trouble.
- Make a smaller plate. Survey all the foods at a buffet first and select those you want to try the most. You can always go back!
- Bring a low calorie dish yourself—you’ll be surprised how many others will appreciate it.
- Use all those healthy substitutes you’ve heard of—Greek yogurt or applesauce instead of oil. Egg whites instead of the whole egg. Be generous with spices that add flavor without additional calories.
- Commit to an exercise class that you know you can do. This isn’t the time to make unrealistic goals. Plenty of time for that in the New Year. Keep it simple, take the stairs, and stand instead of sit when you can.
- Don’t even think about going on a diet—just aim to maintain your present weight.
- Most of all keep stress levels down. Stress can create aches and pains, poor judgment, nausea, lack of sleep or a decreased immune system, and, you guessed it—emotional overeating.
Not so hard, right? No matter what holiday you choose to celebrate, remember the true reason for the season and most importantly, stay healthy.
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Have a Holly Jolly and Healthy Holiday.