How to navigate holiday eating
The holidays are a tempting time to indulge. But the constant barrage of dips, casseroles, and cookies can take a toll on your health – and your middle!
Don’t let the spirit of the season add extra pounds this year. Follow our smart tips for staying healthy throughout the holidays.
Watch your portions
Portion control is one of the most important tenets of healthy eating. Practically any food can be part of a balanced diet, as long as you practice moderation.
Resolve to hit the potluck buffet only once. Grab a little bit of everything you want to try. Don’t get too much of any one thing, and don’t go back two (or three) times.
Portion control is also a smart practice in your day-to-day eating as well.
Pick and choose
If you really, really look forward to the chocolate cream pie at Christmas dinner, try skimping on your slice. You can also keep your calorie intake the same by reducing or eliminating the amount of other foods you eat. Skip the appetizers, for example.
Eat and enjoy your favorites. Don’t feel the need to fill up on foods that you don’t really care for.
Eat smart beforehand
If you are going to a lot of parties and aren’t sure if there will be healthy options, consider eating a small meal or snack beforehand. Fill up on an apple and a handful of almonds or even a veggie-packed salad so you will be less likely to eat too many party foods.
Sometimes, having something in your hand is comforting in social situations. Just remember that you don’t have to eat at every party you attend.
Bring the healthy option
Take the lead and offer to bring a dish to the next party you attend. This way, you know that there will be at least one healthy option for you to choose from.
Bring a lovely holiday spinach salad or fresh crudité and hummus. A fruit bowl is always a big hit, and a much better option than sugary holiday cookies.
Don’t drink your calories
Avoid the unnecessary calories in alcoholic beverages and high-sugar drinks like hot chocolate and eggnog. Stick with water or club soda instead. And if you to want to drink, remember to sip smart.
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