10 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
The holidays are upon us and your mouth may be already watering for chicken, turkey and ham. And don’t forget the sides: beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes. You name it!
Every holiday season we eat – a lot – and then we gain weight only to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, only to give up on that resolution by Valentine’s Day.
This year, let’s rewrite that story.
Here are 10 tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays:
1. Don’t skip breakfast.
Your blood sugar will be harder to control if you skip your morning meal, especially if you are diabetic.
2. Pack healthy snacks in your bag.
If you know your family dinners never start on time, nosh on a small, healthy snack while waiting for the meal to be served.
3. Don’t go to dinner starving.
Most of us are guilty of trying to fast so we can feast later, but if you are extremely hungry at dinnertime you are more likely to overeat.
4. Drink a bottle of water 30 min before your meal.
Drinking water before a meal can aid in digestion and could also help with weight loss, improve your skin and boost your energy.
5. Try to avoid or limit alcohol.
If you are going to drink stick to red wine, liquor without sugary chasers, or light beer.
6. Make your first plate with healthy foods.
During your first trip to the buffet, fill your plate with vegetables.
7. Use a smaller plate.
If you know you’re going to fill your plate to the edge, simply use a smaller plate to keep your eating in check.
8. Eat slowly.
Put your fork down after each bite and allow yourself to fully chew and savor your food. After all, according to the CDC, your brain needs at least 20 minutes to realize you’re full.
9. Don’t deprive yourself of sweets; just eat smaller portions.
So feel free to have a small slice of your aunt’s sweet potato pie, just don’t overdo it.
10. After dinner, go out for a walk.
Staying active can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during what is the most stressful time of year.
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