It’s easy to over-indulge during the holidays if you aren’t careful. We’re here to tell you that fending off those extra calories is easier than you think! Just follow these 10 healthy eating strategies and don’t stress about what you just ate! If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating your next meal!
#1: Eat breakfast.
Studies have shown that a healthy breakfast in the morning, keeps you from overeating later in the day.
#2: Stay hydrated.
Keeping up on your water intake, helps curb those sugar cravings and often prevents you from overeating. If you notice a craving for something sweet, down a full glass of water first, then reassess if you really want it before you eat.
#3: Never go to a party hungry.
Eat some fruit, raw nuts or a fat-free yogurt before you go to a party. 10 almonds 30-minutes before a big meal is only 70 calories and a good source of healthy fats. It will also help fill you up a little, so you don’t overdo portion sizes at the big meal!
#4: Grab a smaller plate.
It’s so easy to spoon a ginormous serving of calorie rich food onto your plate when it’s hanging out on a 12-inch of open space. Opt for a smaller salad plate for your main course and keep those sinful servings just right. Mindless eating can be your downfall when your plate is piled high with goodies.
#5: Eat the best-for-you options first.
Load your plate up with leafy greens, veggies and low-fat proteins first. If you want a richer option, take a smaller portion. This will not only fill you up faster, but you won’t feel deprived of some of your favorite holiday treats. Remember not all holiday veggies are healthy (yep…. we’re talking to you, green bean casserole and sweet potatoes drenched in marshmallows!).
#6: Choose your indulgences.
Instead of grabbing all your favorites (some of which you eat all year long), pick items that are special for the season such as grandma’s pie or your child’s homemade Christmas cookies.
#7: Eat slowly.
Sit next to a healthy eater (or Great Aunt Kathy who loves to chat and takes forever to eat). This will help you pace your food intake and give your brain time to realize your body is full. Remember it takes 20-minutes for that signal to compute!
#8: Focus on being social.
Conversation is calorie-free, and standing or walking around burns more calories than sitting at a table noshing. Get out and mingle… and even go as far as offering to help clean up!
#9: Keep exercising.
We get that the holidays are busy, so if you feel like you don’t have time for a full workout, go for a couple 10-15 minute walks or bursts of exercise a day. This can be just as effective at maintaining your overall fitness.
#10: Get some sleep!
Hitting the parties can have you out later and cut into your much-needed sleep. That can make it harder to control your cravings as your body craves sugar and high-fat foods for quick energy. Fair warning, these foods also makes you more tired in the long run. So aim on getting at least 7 to 8 hours a night to help you ward off more mindless eating.