Holiday Health Hacks: Eight Easy Ways to Eat Right This Holiday Season
- Eat More Before
Do you get so anxious about overeating around the holidays that your starve yourself before the feast? It might feel like the right way to balance the excess, but it’ll only lead to binging in the long run. Instead of starving yourself, fill up on veggies, fruits, and lean protein in the meals leading up to your holiday dinners to stave off the feelings of deprivation that lead to over eating.
- It’s Okay to Go a Little Nuts
Don’t completely neglect fats during your pre-feast meals, either. A handful of healthy nuts provides you with healthy fats, fiber, and protein that can help regulate your appetite.
- Refresh and Rehydrate Throughout the Day
Fresh, cold water will refresh and rejuvenate you. Throw in a couple of slices of lemon, limes, or cucumbers to create an even more invigorating infusion. Staying hydrated will also help keep your appetite in check.
- Mix It Up
Celebration often comes along with libations. If you’re indulging in mixed drinks, try using sparkling water, low calorie juices, and other alternatives rather than syrupy mixers or high sugar tonics. You’ll save on calories while still enjoying the party!
- Prioritize Your Portions
Overeating isn’t just about overfilling your plate—it’s also a result of how you fill it. Have a plan in mind, and prioritize veggies and salads, leaving less room for rich, high calorie treats. In the long run, a spoonful of stuffing is about the experience of tasting it, not shoveling down a huge portion!
- Make the Most of Meditation
Stay in touch with yourself, your feelings, and your frustrations during the holiday season. Self-care is important, especially when we are making healthy changes. More meditation may mean less turning to food for comfort, and less emotional eating.
- Go a Little More Nuts!
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- Stretch Your Legs
Exercise is so important, and not just because it burns calories. You may find it difficult to get to the gym during the hectic holiday season, but even if you can’t, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and move around! Take an evening walk with your partner or make time for a twenty minute run in the morning. Take your dog for a walk—he’ll appreciate it! Do some gentle stretching or soothing yoga. Staying active will help keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders, and it will also give you some much needed peace of mind.
But most of all, remember that the holidays are a celebration. Yes, celebration often involves excess, but to celebrate yourself, it’s important not to lose sight of your health goals. You can enjoy the season and stay on track!