Healthy Holidays!

Healthy Holidays!

Dec 23, 2012

During the holidays it is extremely common to throw healthy eating, calorie counting and exercising out the window and into the cold. Although if there is any time to indulge a sweet tooth or give in to a second helping it’s during the holidays. However, many people don’t just indulge during the holidays, they over-indulge. In last weeks article I identified the benefits of an occasional cheat day. And Christmas dinner, if you ask me, is the perfect time to institute a cheat day. Considering though that most holiday dishes are laden with butter, heavy cream and sugar a little bit of food may be packing more calories than you think. Going overboard with your cheat day can be detrimental to your goals. Like I said last week, it’s not a license to binge! Still, lets say you want to enjoy a little bit of all your Christmas favorites without losing control. Here are my tips for enjoying your holiday meal without the guilt or feeling deprived.

Don’t starve yourself all day before the meal!

If you are starving before the meal you will end up over-eating once all the mouth-watering delicacies are put in front of you. Instead, eat normally throughout the day so that you are not famished by the time you get to dinner.

Smaller plates!

Trick yourself into feeling as though you have more food than you do. A heaping small plate will make you feel more mentally satisfied than a large sparse one. Also, because holiday food is not usually low in calorie it will probably make you feel more full than you think.

Eat slowly

Enjoy and take your time. Put your fork down between mouthfuls. Talk to your family instead of inhaling your food and immediately thinking you need more. The same goes for dessert!

Drink water

Drink water throughout the day and have a glass before the holiday meal. That way you are not feeling as hungry when you start and will feel full more quickly.

Ditch the leftovers!           

If you are making Christmas or Christmas Eve dinner or even both a cheat day then go ahead. Enjoy and be merry! It only comes around once a year! But ditch the left-over’s. Nothing will be as delicious as it was when you had it fresh anyway! Cheating all week can undo all of your previous hard work. Don’t let that happen. You will feel guilty and it’s not worth it.

If you are having the holiday give the leftovers to your guests to take home. Don’t let them be there in your fridge to taunt you all week into bad decisions. If you go to a friends or family members place for the holiday don’t take any food back home with you.

Get back on track

Don’t wait till Monday to start eating healthy and begin exercising again. If you want to reach your goals then get back on track the day after Christmas! Hence getting rid of the leftovers.

 

These small tips can also be employed anytime you have a party or special event coming up. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and stay posted for next weeks article on a successful new year!

Janine :)

 

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