With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, it will bring the start of the holiday eating season. Along with that, it will bring the start of holiday parties and celebrations. It is usually a time of the year where the diet tends to fall off the tracks and be unhealthy at times.
It is still possible to have an enjoyable time and eat healthy still. It is very easy to do. It is all about planning ahead and knowing what to do. An average American gains about 1 to 5 lbs. per holiday season. If you are already overweight or obese, the weight will creep on easier than with someone who’s at a healthy body weight.
Here’s a list of tips to make your holiday season a healthy one:
1. Hydrate with water before going to a holiday party. Water is an important part of any diet. It will help you stay fuller longer if you are properly hydrated. It will also help limit any hangover you may experience if you overindulge with alcohol.
2. Drink in moderation. Limit your alcohol consumption to one or two alcoholic beverages during the party or holiday dinner. Anything extra will hinder your judgment to be hindered and lead to a tendency to overeat. Also the extra alcoholic beverages are extra calories that will lead to weight gain.
3. Look for healthy options at parties. Eat a little bit extra from the veggie tray instead of grabbing something from the cookie tray.
4. Have a healthy snack before heading to a holiday party. You will be less likely to not overindulge at the party. You will also have something lining your stomach if you decide to indulge in a glass of wine or holiday punch.
5. Bring something healthy to the party. If you bring something to the party, you will have a little bit of control in what you will eat at the party and less likely to eat something unhealthy.
6. Remember to exercise during the holidays. It will help lower your stress and prevent the calories from piling on.
7. Meditate twice a day for 10 minutes at a time. It will help clear your mind and allow you handle the holiday stress easier. It will also help you to decrease your temptation for emotional eating during holidays.
These tips should help you stay healthy during the holiday season. Staying healthy during the holiday season will help you to end this year healthy and make your resolution changes easier when the New Year arrives.