The holiday season is upon us! In my house, this time of year means delicious treats and meals, family traditions and being surrounded by the ones I love. With all of the festivities, it is easy to fall off track from your health goals. Below are five holiday tips to keep you, and those you love, feeling happy and healthy this holiday season!
1) Don’t arrive hungry – If you’ve ever gone to a grocery store hungry, you may have found yourself grabbing for unhealthy snacks that were in front of you. This is especially true if you didn’t shop the perimeter of the store, which usually is where the healthier, more nutritious foods are located. You can experience the same feeling if you go to a party or family gathering hungry. To avoid this, enjoy a high protein or high fiber snack before you go. And, drink a full glass of water 30 minutes before eating. This will help you feel satisfied, aid in digestion and allow you to focus on connecting with your family and friends instead of with food.
2) Indulge without overindulging – Savoring seasonal treats like pecan pie will not make or break your weight. Try sampling some of your favorite treats or share a large slice with a loved one – this way you can indulge without the guilt of overindulging. And remember, you can always use a smaller plate to help control your portion sizes.
3) Put some color on your plate – The holiday season is no excuse to skip out on eating your vegetables. Be sure to make room for those vibrant colors on your plate. If you start with healthier options, you may feel fuller and satisfied and go lighter on the unhealthier dishes. To help make eating your veggies easier, you could also bring a healthy vegetable dish that you’ll enjoy.
4) Socialize – Remember to have fun! Don’t worry about counting calories or your next bite to eat. Enjoy yourself – laugh, mingle, dance, and/or play games. Focus on fun and enjoy the company of others – it will help take your mind off of the food.
5) Stay active – Take a walk or play a game that involves light activity. Doing so will help keep you from feeling guilty, aid in digestion, and may even help you to destress during the busy holiday season.
Eating well and staying healthy can be difficult during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The holidays are full of family, friends, great food, and great memories, so enjoy all that this moment has to offer. From all of us here at Clear Arch Health, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!