Start your meal with veggies or broth-based soups and try popping a sugar-free mint in between meals to avoid over-snacking. Flavoured sparkling water or club soda helps to get rid of your extra pounds. People who sleep less tend to eat fat and calorie-rich foods more than those who sleep well. Chew your food slowly and be aware when you are full.
The heaping mountains of mashed potatoes, the home-made carb-loaded stuffing, the pie, oh the sweet succulent pies! Holiday eating can make it feel like you gained a hundred pounds in one sitting, but that’s probably not the case.
Though there are wild claims that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds during the holiday season, the actual statistic is closer to about one. The major issue with that one pound though is that people generally never lose it and year after year that can start to really add up.
5 Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating
Here are some tips on staying and eating healthy during the holidays.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Not only does a full night’s sleep help you have more energy throughout the day, it also saves your waistline. According to a recent study, adults who get less than 7 hours of sleep tend to choose higher-fat, higher-calorie foods and eat about 300 extra calories compared to their well-rested counterparts.
2. Eat Your Favorites
Before diving in and piling your plate high with random selections, scan the table first and pick out your favorites. Keep in mind that you eat the most of the selection you begin with so start with the better-for-you foods like veggies or a nice broth-based soup, then move on to smaller portions of the decadent stuff.
Also, don’t be afraid to be a food snob, stop eating it if you don’t like it– and be picky when it comes to treats, stick with the unique items that are only available during this season. You can consider popping a sugar free mint in your mouth after you’ve gotten your fill or in between meals to keep from over-snacking.
3. Think Before You Chew
There are plenty of reasons why we eat during the holidays, including stress, actual hunger, and just straight-up desire for deliciousness. But, before putting that gingerbread man in your mouth ask yourself, “do I want it because I think it will curb my hunger or because I want to treat/distract myself?” If you want it because you’re hungry and it looks good, eat it and enjoy every bite. Also consider approaching all your food choices with mindfulness, chew each bite slowly, without chatty distraction, and pay attention to when you’re full in order to not feel stuffed.
4. Switch The Liquids
Save calories and those embarrassing work party slip-ups by alternating between alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages – flavored sparkling water or club soda are both great choices to keep it feeling festive while avoiding unnecessary additions to your waistline.
5. Put Games in Your Game Plan
The main thing that makes this season so great is spending time with the people you love. Instead of centering everything around food, incorporate activities that are less about eating but still bring you together. Decorate wreaths instead of cookies. Play charades. Build a snow-person. Stream a yoga practice together. Or, have an after-food-fest family dance off.