It’s hard to stay within reason when discussing Holiday foods and sticking to a healthy diet. We all do the same thing. We tell ourselves we aren’t going to over eat this year but it’s so hard when your invited to party after party and the usual yummies are staring right at you each time.
We’ve put together ten great diet tips to help you through the Holidays this year. We certainly want you to enjoy the Holidays and all they entail but most importantly, we want you to love yourself when the parties are all said and done. Here are a few tips to get you through the next few weeks!
1. Accessorize the right way. Accessorizing our Holiday outfits is one thing, accessorize your dinner plate too much and you’ll be packing on the Santa pounds in no time. To avoid gaining Holiday weight, take it easy on the potatoes, gravy, cookies & desserts, butter, rolls and specialty breads. These are always available at Holiday parties so you may have to work a little harder to avoid them. These extras can add plenty to your waistline, leaving you feeling sluggish and unhappy. Not quite how you should be feeling during the Holidays now is it?
2. Wear well fitted clothing. When you wear well fitted clothing, chances are you’ll be too busy holding in your stomach and not wanting to overeat. Your clothing, believe it or not will subconsciously keep your diet in check, especially if your worried about bulging out all night. On another note, while you stand around looking posh in your holiday outfit, hold a drink in your dominant hand. This will keep it busy enough to avoid reaching for snacks.
3. Chew gum while baking. If your the one doing the cooking or baking, pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth while working in the kitchen. You’d be surprised how many calories your actually taking in while testing your goodies and licking your fingers before you actually sit down to have dinner. Save the calories for the actual meal.
4. Be a food snob. If you don’t love it, then why eat it? Scan the options and choose only your favorites without sampling everything offered on the table.
5. Don’t skip meals. Always eat normally on the day of a party. If you skip meals, it’s likely you’ll over indulge when the food is finally available. Eating sensibly throughout the day will keep your appetite in check when all the Holiday goodies are served.
6. Drink water first. Grab a sparkling water, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating. Your stomach will feel fuller allowing you to eat less as long as your listening to your body and not your eyes.
7. Stick to your work out routine. Forgetting about your daily work out routine and enjoying Holiday foods and drinks are sure to bring on the extra pounds. Your entitled to enjoy the Holidays in every way, just be sure to work off what you put in to equal the calories out.
8. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories — especially holiday favorites like sugary reds and yummy eggnog. Cut your alcohol calories in half by alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages, this goes back to allowing the water to fill you up before the eats and beverages do.
9. Skip the appetizers. If you need a snack before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, and salsa instead of the cookies and breads.
10. Limit your portions. Go ahead and put your favorites on your plate but try less portions. Also try skipping getting up for seconds. Ask yourself first if you really need that second helping of mashed potatoes. More than likely the answer will be, “NO”.
- Ideas and research came from Web MD. Photo courtesy of sheknows.com