You’re probably thinking about three things around the holidays – parties, parties, and more parties!
With a packed calendar and events galore, aren’t you a little concerned that the festivities may go straight to your mid-section?
Well, you don’t need to be…
With a little bit of planning and willpower, you can stay healthy throughout the holidays!
Even though the holiday season is usually about overindulging and celebrating, if you’ve worked hard all year making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle, the last thing you want is to feel like your efforts getting tossed.
I’ve got some advice for you so that you don’t wake up in the New Year feeling uncomfortable, regretful, and frustrated.
Here’s what I suggest you do if you want to enjoy the holiday parties without gaining a pound!
1. Firstly, try to put as many vegetable-based dishes on your plate.
This will help with any temptation of eating not-so-nutritious goodies.
Choose delicious cranberry walnut salads that are sprinkled with feta or other healthy salads.
Load up on fresh veggie sticks and skip the unhealthy, processed creamy dips.
There’s usually mouth-watering freshly made guacamole or Mediterranean hummus that goes great with raw veggies.
2. I know it can be hard, but why not skip dessert?
You can enjoy a delicious fruit salad or a few pieces of enzyme-rich pineapple that aids digestion.
Perhaps you’re the type of person who’s satisfied with one bite of dessert, and if you are, then go ahead.
But, if you’re like me, still aspiring to be that person who just needs a small taste, it’s better to have vitamin-rich fruit instead.
You’ll get a boost of antioxidants without all the heavy sugars that can leave you feeling gassy and bloated.
3. Simply put…don’t eat everything in sight!
Many of us are guilty of loading up our plate at holiday functions.
Choose what you put on your plate carefully and try not to combine too many different foods.
Stay away from the ‘unhealthy’ stuff, which includes processed meats, simple sugars (white breads, mystery casseroles, and desserts camouflaged as side dishes), and sodium-laden foods.
If you manage to resist dessert but end up eating the worst the table has to offer, you won’t be doing your body any good.
Instead, look for foods you can easily identify like lean meats, grilled fish, steamed vegetables, and/or ancient grains like quinoa.
4. Drink a lot. No, I do not mean loads of cocktails.
You might make (or lose) a few memories you didn’t intend on, not to mention loading your body up with metabolism-hindering alcohol.
Instead, stay well hydrated and drink plenty of purified water with fresh squeezed lemon.
This will help flush toxins from your system and will also serve as a wonderful remedy for water retention and bloating.
Your body tends to hold onto water when it’s dehydrated. If you drink too much caffeine, eat salty foods, or consume too much alcohol, you’ll likely retain water and experience unwanted bloating.
5. Any opportunity you have, get up and dance!
Don’t be the person chatting and drinking at the bar all night. Get your body moving, sweat out the alcohol, and burn some calories.
Even if you’re a social butterfly, you can navigate the holiday season successfully with the right plan. It doesn’t matter how many parties you have committed to attend.
Whether you’ve got two or ten on your calendar, these tips will help you stay healthy and happy throughout the holidays.
Just remember, you need to have a plan so that you don’t fall off the proverbial wagon so hard it feels like climbing Mount Everest in January.
Happy Holidays Everyone!