Holiday Healthy: Eating Healthier Before and During the Holidays
Love holiday feasts, but hate putting on the extra pounds? So do we. Thankfully, here are some tips for enjoying the holidays a little healthier.
Before the Holidays
- Condition yourself, sticking with healthy habits, like choosing smaller portions and healthier snacks.
- Eat regularly throughout the day, never skipping breakfast (it’s the most important meal of the day for a reason!).
- If you don’t already, start exercising to get rid of extra calories before even touching your favorite holiday foods. This can be as simple as taking a walk every day in the morning and after dinner.
Preparing the Meals
- Opt for fresh foods rather than the packaged stuff when you can, to avoid extra additives like salt and sugar where you don’t really need it.
- Include lots of roots and other veggies in your holiday meal, since they are both plentiful in the fall and packed with fiber to keep you full.
- Try reducing your use of oil and butter by substituting plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in mashed potatoes and casseroles.
On the Big Day
- Make sure you eat breakfast the day of your big holiday feast. This helps control your appetite once it’s dinner time.
- Remember to watch your portions. There’s nothing wrong with having a little of everything, as long as you keep the portions small.
- Savor your meal by eating more slowly to help you feel more satisfied and full after just one plate.
- Limit your intake of turkey skin, gravy, and alcohol–or skip them altogether. (Good luck on that one!)
- Focus on your family and friends–not on the food. After all, the holidays are about making memories with the people you love!
With Thanksgiving at our doorstep, it’s never too late to start healthy habits!
The key to success is to not go overboard–neither by indulging too much nor by extreme dieting. You wouldn’t want to end up like Garfield, the fat cat or poor ol’ Porky Pig with his sad little carrot, would you?
Garfield wins Glutton of the Year, every year!
Porky Pig on his Thanksgiving carrot diet…poor little guy!
Have any tips of your own to share? Comment below!