According to a Stanford study, despite the myth, the average American only puts on a pound or two during the holidays. However, unless you succeed at loosing the weight gained after the holidays, accumulating the extra pound year over year will add up. So here are some tips for healthy holiday eating to keep weight loss off the New Year’s resolution list.
Holiday Tips For Healthy Eating
Tip 1: Be prepare and plan ahead.
Just as grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a bad idea, so is going to a holiday gathering or potluck famished. You are more likely to overeat and give into temptations. So curb the hunger by having a healthy snack beforehand. A quick and simple banana smoothies should do the trick.
Tip 2: Eat foods high in fiber.
Fiber is not only good for digestive wellness, it also helps make you feel full. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient rich and naturally high in fiber.Fresh fruits and vegetables in vibrant colors are the most nutrient dense. But don’t forgo the convenient frozen fruits and vegetables, they are picked at peak ripeness and flash frozen so their nutritional value is retained. Consider adding frozen peas or spinach the next time you make soup.
Tip 3: Don’t skip breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it. Having a hearty breakfast will keep your hunger leveled and helps to avoid over-eating later in the day. Consider prepping breakfast in advance to save you time. Oats soaked in your preferred diary or non-diary milk, with fresh or frozen fruit and some nuts make for a quick and no brainer meal in the morning.
Tip 4: Watch the liquid calories.
Be mindful of the serving size of holiday drinks, cocktails, and alcohol. Consider lower calorie non-diary milks, such as almond or soy, for traditional diary drinks such as hot chocolate. And be mindful of the amount of sugar in holiday drinks. Try asking for a quarter or half the sweetness.
Tip 5: Avoid the binge-now and restrict-later mentality.
You are what you eat, and consistency is the key. So strive to eat healthy throughout the year to avoid the binge-now and restrict-later mentality. But always allow the occasional indulgence to warm our body and spirit.
Hope these tips will help you this holiday season. Do you have any go-to holiday tips to share?
Wishing you all happiness and good health!