The holidays are here, and for most Americans that means eating, and a lot of it; followed by weight gain and New Year’s resolutions to loose the weight. What if you could stop this cycle and still occasionally indulge this holiday season? Try one, or all, of these simple tips for a healthier approach to your eating this holiday season and beyond.
#1 Drop liquid calories- Have you ever considered the calories in the drinks you consume each day? The average drink is over 100 calories per cup, which can add up fast. Consider opting for water at your holiday feasts, cut calories and hydrate your body. Save those calories for dessert!
#2 Eat what you love, leave what you like- It’s unrealistic to say you’re not going to indulge during the holidays. Prioritize your plate and make your indulgences
count. Pick a few of your favorites and ditch the mediocre. There’s no reason to deprive yourselves of your favorite seasonal treats, just do so in moderation. You’ll enjoy them more and your scale will thank you!
#3 Avoid mindless eating- Eat when you’re hungry, not just because food is available. Mindless eating can always be a problem, but spikes during the holidays. Be mindful of when you’re eating, try to avoid eating while watching tv or socializing to help yourself recognize when your body is full, and then STOP eating.
#4 Control portions- A little of a lot is better than a lot of a little, allow yourself to enjoy a variety of foods, by eating small portions of them. Moderation and portion control is the foundation of a balanced diet. Focus on what and how much food your putting on your plate, rather than relying on yourself to know when to stop.
#5 Be active- Find ways to be active, with an undeniable increase in your calorie intake, offset it with some physical activity. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, just get up and do it! Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey. Try going for a walk before breakfast, after dinner or both, bike to the store, or take the stairs. Physical activity can involve the whole family and make a lasting impression.
Eating healthy is easier than you think!
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