Halloween is long gone, but we are still dealing with its aftermath. You know what I am talking about, that HUGE bowl of chocolate bars and other sweets that is on top of your refrigerator. We all know that it belongs to the kids, but we still tend to sneak a piece here or there. Well, we all better watch it, because the holiday season is about to be in full swing.
This time of year involves get togethers, parties, and other exciting and fun festivities to attend and with those gatherings comes the temptation of indulging in all those holiday goodies. And we all know what that means – that the scale sometimes tends to go in that unfavorable direction. But the scale doesn’t necessarily have to go in that direction you know. Here are just a few smart tips for eating healthy and avoiding weight gain during the holidays.
Before heading out to an event, eat something! Snack on veggies with hummus or a small bowl of garden vegetable soup. Having a snack packed with fiber will leave you feeling full and less likely to over indulge at the party. Drink that extra glass of water too! Many of us don’t meet that recommended daily intake of water. Drinking a glass right before heading out to a holiday party will also help us have that full feeling.
While at the party make smart food choices. Head over to sample the fresh fruit (minus the chocolate fondue), the veggies with the homemade roasted red pepper dip or even have a few pieces of shrimp cocktail. All the food at holiday parties is not necessarily bad for you, you just have to make healthy food choices as you would at home. Be sure not to deprive yourself of your favorite holiday treats. Just be sure to practice portion and self control!
Just because winter is here, doesn’t mean that we have to become inactive. Keeping up with your regular exercise regime, means you’ll be helping to keep those unwanted pounds away! Find a partner who also wants to keep those unwanted pounds away and meet at the gym or set a meeting time to take a daily walk or jog together. Enjoying your exerices time with someone will not only keep you committed to working out, but it helps pass the time much quicker.
Take time to plan meals. This time of year is hectic. We are running here and running there trying to get everything ready for our families to have that perfect holiday season. But if we could make that extra time and slow down to plan meals for that busy time of year, that will help us not to resort to ordering in or picking up fast food for meal times. You could even plan some healthy meals, cook them, and freeze them now, so they are ready for those busy holiday times. All you would have to do is pull the meals out of the freezer and dinner is on the table. Not only will you be eating healthy during the holidays, but will have more free time to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. Happy Holidays!