It’s getting close to that time of year again! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is going to be here sooner than you know it. Luckily for you, you want to eat healthy and be active. Unfortunately, the holidays provide a huge obstacle filled with holiday parties, enormous meals, and more than enough of sweets. How do you survive and have a great time during holidays without having to loosen a few belt buckles?
First thing is first- stay hydrated. Staying hydrated will help your body metabolize food faster, make you feel fuller and more awake, and will also help the next day in-case you had a few drinks the night before. Stray away from sugary and carbonated drinks as much as possible.
At the cookie table. Expect challenges such as cravings. When this happens have a plan in place to push forward and stay on track. It is okay to have a few treats that are lying out, just don’t overdo it! Instead of grabbing a plate full of cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other yummy holiday treats, just grab a napkin and choose 1-2 treats to enjoy along with a few pieces of fruit on the side. Do not deprive yourself or else you may end up eating more than you expected.
Plan ahead. Eat a light and healthy snack before you go to a holiday party so that you won’t fill up on all the sweet and salty treats lying out. Click here for healthy snack options!
What do you bring? Bring a tray of fruit that is cut into fun shapes using a cookie cutter. This will make everyone enjoy eating the fruit just as much as the treats! Try to bring a few healthier options, such as the fruit and maybe some steamed veggies for dinner. Read the blog next week for healthy Thanksgiving ideas!
At the dinner table. When you’re with friends and family at a holiday party, bring a healthy dish that you know you can dig into guilt-free. Have more color on your plate than anyone else, fruits and veggies without any extra sauce or dressing are the safest route to go. When the rolls are being passed around, limit yourself. Carbs truly are a good thing when in moderation! Opt for anything whole wheat to avoid white flour, and skip the butter! Click here or on the picture above to view it larger.
Still hungry after dinner? Wait a few minutes, and then grab seconds of salad! Try filling up on salad before enjoying your main course so that you won’t be temped to fill up on stuffing and turkey.