Tips to healthy holiday eating

With the holidays upon us, we want to share a few tips and tricks to help you out with the dreaded holiday weight gain. The holidays bring precious family time AND a lot of food. Although the food can be delicious, we often eat way too much or focus on the unhealthier items. We have all been there, eating ourselves into a food coma, needing to unbutton the pants, and needing that afternoon nap!

Instead of falling prey to the over indulgence, try following these tips:

Tip 1 – drink a lot of water

Just like we have talked about before, drinking a lot of water is a huge help. Drink a glass of water before, during and after every meal. It will help fill up your stomach and create a full feeling effect, which in return will help you from over eating.

Tip 2 – portion control

During family gatherings with buffet style meals, it is hard to know how much of something you should be eating. Try using a smaller plate. A bigger plate means more room for food. But, just because your plate has the room for it, it doesn’t mean your stomach does. Using a smaller plate forces you to take less food or smaller portions.

Tip 3 – limit the alcohol

Usually drinks are a big part of holiday parties and we know how tempting that can be. If you are someone who enjoys a drink with friends and family, that is ok! This is where portion control comes in, try to limit the amount of drinks you consume and select the lower calorie ones. Over drinking, mixed with the hardy, filling food, can result in gaining a few extra pounds that you have worked so hard to work off. Remember, you can always say no!

Tip 4 – workout

The last tip is one we can never forget, you need to fit in those workouts! Prepare your body by getting in a few extra workouts before the holidays and then continue those extra and challenging workouts after the holidays as well. The holidays can be crazy and keep us limited on time, but where you can squeeze in a workout, just go for it!

So, by all means, please enjoy the parties and family time. It is such a wonderful, important time of year! Just use these tips so you can stay on track with your fitness goals and bring in a healthy new year!