The holidays can be a kind of nerve-wracking time for those of us who are on the healthy train and it’s no wonder with all the massive calorie dishes, sedative turkey, and the sugar-loaded desserts. It can all be a bit overwhelming as to how we can all stay healthy during this fun, festive time without avoiding the parties and dinners altogether.
Here Are A Few Tips to Help You Survive & Thrive:
- Portion Control. This is a big one! You can eat whatever you like as long as you follow this one rule! Keeping your portions small is the best way to try a bit of everything without going overboard. I always ask for a smaller plate so I can keep the portions under wrap because big plates are inevitably going to get filled up. If I have a small plate, I’ll eat less without thinking about it. Also, I try to get a little of everything so I can try all the dishes without making myself sick or having to avoid whole dishes altogether. This way it’s easy, effortless and still delicious!
- Stay Hydrated. This is another big one to follow and it doesn’t require skipping meals or deprivation or anything extreme. All you have to do is make sure you drink a lot of water throughout your day and 1 big glass right before you sit down for that big Thanksgiving meal. This will ensure that you eat less and you won’t even have to think about it!
- Pace Yourself. Try to remember this is not a race! The food will not disappear that quickly so take your time to enjoy the food, experience the flavor, and chew 20 times before swallowing each bite! This will help with digestion, lessen stomach pains, make you fuller faster and prevent overeating because you’ll be giving your body enough time for it to signal that it’s full.
- Easy On the Pie. I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat pie because that would be sacrilege. What I am saying is that you don’t need to eat half the pie or even more than 1 piece. It’s perfectly fine for you to have 1 piece of pie, to really enjoy that 1 piece and then be done. If there is more than one dessert, make sure the piece is extra small and then get small helpings of everything else. You’ll be able to try more, enjoy the dishes and not completely go off the calorie deep end all at once.
- Get Lots of Exercise & A Full 8! This last tip is just a general one for the holidays and it will make all the difference. Firstly, get lots of exercise. I’m not saying you have to run a marathon pre- Thanksgiving dinner, but make sure you’re consistently getting your workouts in that way when it comes to that piece of pie, you can have it guilt free and the calorie burn will cover it. Not only that, but you’ll just feel better; trust me. Lastly, make sure you’re getting lots of sleep – at least 8 hours. Lack of sleep and fatigue cause us to overeat and that’s a huge recipe for disaster on Thanksgiving day so make sure you get in some Zzz’s and you’ll be just fine.
Good Luck ♥