Smart Ways to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

Temptations are everywhere, parties and travelling disrupt daily routines.

These easy tips will help you stay healthy, mindful as you celebrate the holidays with friends and family and enjoy the holidays without ruining your diet.

Limit Alcohol

Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and reduces your ability to control what you eat.

Another thing to keep in mind, is to start off with non-alcoholic drink, such as sparkling water or a diet soda. This will help quench your thirst.

Not saying avoid alcohol completely but if you’re going to drink, try to alternate between water and alcohol to minimize intake and stay hydrated.

Eat before going to a party

To curb your appetite, have a healthy snack like apple slices with peanut butter, before going out.

Try eating regular, small meals throughout the day. This will keep you from being too hungry and overeating at the event.

Whilst at the event, start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.

Get enough sleep

Sleep loss can make it harder to manage your blood sugar, and when you’ve slept poorly, you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar foods.

Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to prevent you from mindlessly eating the next day.

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Socialize away from the food

If you’re standing and talking around the food table, try and do it away from the food.

That way it would be harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk.

Pop a mint or gum to keep your mouth busy so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.

Eat slowly

After you’ve eaten your small plate of healthy choices, wait 10 -20 minutes.

This will give your brain the time to realize you’re full. Often, after that amount of time, our hunger cravings will be satisfied.

Small plate

We often tend to fill our plates, no matter the size of the plate. Choose a small plate and you won’t be able to fit as much on it.

Fill your small plate with veggies, fruits, green salads, and lean meats and then move away from the buffet table.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of overeating healthy foods.

You might think that because the food is good for you, you can eat more of it. But be aware of portion sizes.

Getting too much of a good thing can be just as bad as eating something unhealthy.

Lastly, if your invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy dish along and if you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.

Enjoy holiday treats in smaller portions, make healthy substitutions where you can, and plan ahead for merry meals that are healthy, too.

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