Too often we see the holidays as a time of over-indulgence, which means we often abandon our healthy habits and can feel obligated to eat and drink to abundance. Hey, ‘tis the season, right? Not so fast. The holidays are hectic! It’s increasingly important to get plenty of sleep, exercise and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make it through the season feeling satisfied, in control and stress-free.
Enjoy holiday parties, while staying in control.
- Do not leave the house on an empty stomach. This leads to over consumption.
- Avoid standing near the food area. It’s easy to snack mindlessly when you’re next to the buffet.
- Make conversation. The more you talk with friends and loved ones the more time you spend away from food.
- Limit your drinking. Alcohol increases hunger and lowers your willpower.
- Consider a lower calorie alternative. Think fruit bowl instead of a trifle.
- Reduce portion sizes. Stop eating when you feel satisfied, not stuffed.
- Cocktails = calories. Eggnog and other mixed drinks can have as many if not more calories than some desserts. As Dr. Beighle would say, "don't drink your calories!"
- Every other. If you’re going to enjoy holiday spirits, drink water or seltzer between your drinks. Remember, alcohol is a complement, not the purpose of a holiday celebration or party.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!
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