It’s almost that time of the year again! The day’s are getting longer, the leaves are falling and there’s a crisp breeze in the air. Pretty soon the Holiday’s will be upon us and that means major holiday parties, dinners and events. The temptation to eat larger than normal portions, and non stop servings will be SUPER high. Don’t fear though, there’s a way to enjoy the Holiday’s and still stay on track with healthy eating and meal prepping.
How to Eat Healthy during the Holiday!
Tip #1 – Portion Control
We’ve all heard the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” but it has some truth! The holiday’s are filled with numerous potlucks, work parties and family gatherings. That means food is essentially non stop, readily available and oh so delicious. It’s almost impossible to have a Holiday party without food and beverage cocktails. Instead of grabbing a large serving during each party, try grabbing a palm size portion of each desired dish as starters. Using this tip will help keep the extra carbs and sugars overload out of the body, while still allowing enjoyment of the Holiday spread.
Tip #2 – Drink Water
I always mention this at least once throughout my posts, but it’s so important, DRINK WATER! Not only will it help keep the cravings at bay, but it’ll also help keep your insides hydrated. Choosing water as a beverage chose instead of the sugary punch bowl saves you from the crazy amount of sugar and added sweeteners. No 2pm sugar crash from the company lunch for you!
Tip #3 – Meal Prep
Eating healthy during the holidays is possible with the right amount of planning and preparing. Be sure to check out my meal prep post that’s perfect for beginners, as it’s filled with tips on how to get started with meal prep. Planning accordingly for each party event, with protein packed meals and snacks will help keep you both full and satisfied throughout the day. A good average of small meals to plan for is six, but start with whatever number works best for you. Whether it’s two meals and two snacks, or one meal and three snacks, that’s okay! This is your healthy living journey and should be completed as such.
Tip #4 – Switch out the deli platter with fruits and veggies.
Instead of bringing a cheese dip or deli platter to a potluck, choose the healthy route. Choose the veggie or fruit tray option! There’s so many variations to choose between from various stores. If you’re feeling creative, you can even wipe up a variation of your own. It may be considered the boring option at the party (who gets excited for these?!) but healthy living start with one chose. Remember to pick finger type options for the platters like carrots sticks, snap peas, cauliflower, and celery. When picking fruits try and stick with the common groups like berries, pineapples and melons. Papaya, chickpeas or bananas might not be the best options for a party tray.
Tip #5 – Don’t beat yourself up!
It’s okay to go back for seconds (or even thirds) of that famous lasagna. The holiday’s are meant to be enjoy with friends and loved ones, so it’s okay to indulge every once in awhile. Just be sure to hop right back on track by the next meal, and don’t “punish” yourself for indulging. Eating healthy should be part of a lifestyle choice, and not part of a ‘get fit quick’ fad diet. Just like picking an outfit as part of a fall wardrobe, making healthy eating choices should be part of a lifestyle.
Tip #6 – Don’t forget to exercise.
Maintaining a healthy eating regime requires (believe it or not) exercise. Anything from a light evening walk to an intense kickboxing session will do the trick, as long as it involves movement. Depending on your physical level some great options include walking, yoga, pilates, jogging, cycling and fitness classes. Find what works best and stick with it. Over time it’ll become a great habit and part of a daily routine!
Wrap – Up
Following these six tips will keep the Holiday’s enjoyable and healthy! Don’t forget that this is the time of year to enjoy being with family and friends, but staying on track with your goals is still possible. With some easy prepping and planning, the dreaded holiday weight gain can be avoided. If theses tips seem to difficult to complete, go with the easiest one, WATER!! When in doubt, drink water! It’s a simple first step to take and anyone can do it. Start with one tip and add another once it seems to easy, you can do it!
Happy Holiday’s and be sure to comment your favorite dish!