‘Tis the season for family, friends, festivities, and food—lots and lots of food. Not only are temptations are everywhere but attending parties and the traveling between events can easily disrupt healthy daily routines. What’s worse is it goes on for weeks, between Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and all those holidays in between.
So here’s your top 4 healthy eating tips to help you stay on track no matter what’s cooking!
1. Be Prepared
- Have a healthy snack before you arrive to any gathering so you’re not starving when all the food comes out
- Offer to bring a healthy dish
- If you plan to have a sweet treat, cut back on other empty carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal
- Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast – you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat
2. Be Smart
When you face a spread of delicious holiday food, make healthy choices easier:
- Start with a helping of fruits or vegetables to take the edge off your appetite
- Have a small plate of the foods you like best
- Do not stand next to the buffet table
- Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full
3. Keep Moving
Staying active is key – it can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year. Get moving with these simple ideas:
- Take a walk after a holiday meal
- Simply stand and walk around at parties rather than sitting on the couch while catching up with family
- Enjoy the weather and take a hike
- Park at the end of the parking lot and add extra walking into your errands and shopping days
4. Allow Indulgences
No food should be on the naughty list. Choose the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year. Just be sure to slow down and savor a small serving.