Updated on December 5, 2017
Although Thanksgiving just passed, with Christmas just around the corner, there maybe holiday parties galore heading your way. I would say food is one of the main focal points during these two holidays so naturally this is when most people tend to overeat. I can attest to that statement. However, this year I decided to be a little more mindful of my eating and managed not to gain weight from Thanksgiving dinner. I am crossing my fingers that I can do even better during Christmas. That being said here are a few of my tips for eating healthy this holiday season:
1. Eat a snack before attending your holiday gathering. Do not, I repeat do not go to any function starving. You will be very likely to overeat! Which you may beat yourself up about later.
2. Drink a full glass of water before you have your meal. Often times we mistake thirst for hunger. By drinking water first you can better assess if you are in fact hungry or if you were thirsty almost instantly. Also this tricks your stomach into signaling to your brain that you have food in your system, which will make you less likely to overeat.
3. Bring your favorite healthy vegetable dish (not fried or battered of course) to dinner if possible. You are more likely to eat your own dish because it should taste good, you are a good cook, and you made it right? Another added bonus is since you made it, you will already be aware of every ingredient in your dish, so there will be no surprises. Try making a healthy modified version of a green bean casserole, creamed corn, or sautéed veggies sans any animal by products i.e. dairy.
4. While you are at dinner fill up more than half of your plate with a few spoonfuls of the vegetable dish you brought and add on some of the other available veggies. Then you can add your meat if that is your preference or some other dish like macaroni and cheese. This should take up about a quarter or less of your plate. Remember moderation is key, control your portions, and do not pile on or fill up the food on your plate.
5. Slow down. While enjoying the company of others we tend to mindlessly eat. Stop and take a second to savor every single bite. I know this may sound gross but we are supposed to chew our food until it liquefies, so chew your food 30 times or as close to that many times as possible. This will make it easier for your body to digest and less likely to store fat.
6. Have dessert. You are more likely to binge eat if you restrict all of your favorite foods from yourself. Therefore you should indulge in that small slice of pie, savor every piece, stop and think about how it tastes, feels, and how you will feel after. Do not eat dessert while talking to others, you will miss the enjoyment of it, and will probably want another piece.
7. Limit your drinking of alcoholic beverages from 0 to 2 glasses. Especially if the drink has a high fatty content similar to eggnog. Try less sugary drinks. I must admit this is a tough one for me because I looove sweet drinks. I am going to try to tequila on the rocks, to see how it works out. Wish me luck 🙂
What are some of your tips for eating healthy this holiday season? I would love to hear from you so comment below.
Remember you only have one life so live it Be-U-tifully.
Peace & Love,