You can eat healthy during the holiday season. If this is one of your goals, here are some tips to help you.
- Don’t go to a party hungry: we often eat faster and more and can’t stop eating when we are hungry. So be sure to eat well during the day to avoid overeating at the party.
- Watch your portions: treat yourself to a nice drink, dessert, or chocolate without guilt, but always watch your portions. Go for small portions.
- Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items: high fat food items can be found in many appetizers, fried food, cream-based soup, cheese-filled casseroles, pies, processed meats such as salami and sausages, some pastries and baked goods.
- Fill up on vegetables and fruit: they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and disease- fighting phytochemicals, while low in calories. The fiber in these foods may help you feel full and leave less room for high-calorie, tempting treats.
- Limit alcohol intake to one to two drinks and try other versions of alcohol: instead of beer, cider, Bailey’s and Kahlua, try dry wine or a mixed drink with club soda or water.
- Drink plenty of water: alcohol, coffee and pop can dehydrate your body.
- Offer to bring a dish: bring a healthy dish with you.
- Be a social butterfly: spend time enjoying the company of others. The more you talk, the less you will eat.
- Be Physical: take nice brisk walks with your loved ones and enjoy their company during the holiday season.