Temptations are everywhere you turn during the Holiday celebrations with family and friends. Tis the season for all kinds of festive foods. Daily schedules are disrupted and it is easy to get off track of staying healthy. Here are a few tips to stay on track…
Create a Holiday Plan That Works for You
You will be going to lots of parties with plenty of foods that are not always healthy. Friends all around will be eating delightful and tempting treats. Create a plan…
- Try to eat at times as close to normal as possible. Consider eating a small snack before going to a party where you will be eating at a later time. Then eat a smaller amount of food when it is served.
- Bring a healthy dish to the party
- If you love sweets and know they will be served do not eat the potatoes or bread served with your meal.
- Eat smaller meals during the Holidays and wait for the family feast; this will help you not overeat at the family meal. This will also help to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day.
- If you cheat and eat unhealthy foods remember to get right back on track at the next meal.
- Make healthier choices during the season-for example choose pumpkin pie over pecan pie.
- Be sure and include some physical activity, even if your schedule is full. For example schedule ten minute walks several times a day instead of your usual one hour routine.
- Allow some personal time-read a book .take a bubble bath or watch a Christmas movie, it is important to include time just for you during the busy season of the year.
Stay Away from the “Buffet” Temptation
Family and Friends will be doing lots of cooking during the Holidays and offering hugh selections of food. Be determined to overcome the “buffet “or “all you can eat” temptation.
- Use a smaller plate and move away from thinking it is okay to “eat all you want”
- Add vegetables to your dinner plate first and eating them first during a meal can take the edge off of wanting more food.
- Eat slowly, chew the food and enjoy the flavors. This gives your stomach time to tell your brain it is approaching full.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks they are full of carbs. If you must have a drink, do so with food to keep blood sugar level more stable.
Eat your Favorite Foods but in Smaller Amounts
The Holidays are a time to enjoy special foods that are not prepared normally during the year. So allow yourself to include some favorite holiday foods just eat them in smaller portions, savoring every bite.
Continue Your Exercise Plan
It is easy to set aside your activity during the Holidays. Continue some form of physical exercise it will help keep you on track. When you are eating more food than usual, then including more physical activity will help make up the difference. Just remember exercise is great stress reduction.
Don’t Forget Plenty of Rest
When you are lacking sleep a general tendency is to eat more food including higher fat and higher sugar foods. Make it your goal to get seven or eight hours of sleep each night. Remember the season is about celebrating with friends and family. These healthy tips can help you to stay on track in your health. Have fun, stay healthy and enjoy the Holiday Season!!!
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