As we enter the season of celebration, families and friends plan to gather for joyous occasions of stories, laughter, and feasting. This time of year typically sparks excitement and whets the appetites of many for great food. Holiday eating doesn’t have to be a game of indulge now, regret later. There are ways to enjoy the seasonal feast without compromising your waistline.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate the festive spread.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals earlier in the day does not give you license for overindulgence at dinner. In fact, skipping meals actually leads to consuming more calories.
- Start with vegetables. Undoubtedly, festive meals include a plethora of carbs, as well as protein. You can still enjoy some of those favorite foods that aren’t normally a part of your daily nutrition. First, fill half of your plate with veggies first. Next, opt for proteins before finally rounding out your meal with smaller portions of your indulgence.
- Plan healthier meals. If you are hosting the event, opt for healthier replacements to some of your traditional ingredients (e.g., sub egg whites for whole eggs – 2:1 ratio).
- Make time for light activity. Some movement is better than none at all. Take a walk after your meal or plan time earlier in the day to get some form of activity in.
- Avoid calorie-rich beverages. Don’t lose calories by drinking them. Instead of carbonated beverages like soda or other sugary drinks like iced tea, opt for sparkling water, or, water with a twist of lemon or lime.
Staying on track during the holidays can be tricky but with the right tools, you can successfully navigate your nutrition to satisfy your palate and maintain your fitness goals. Remember, accountability, like consistency, is the key to ensuring your success.
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