It’s way too easy to get caught up in the festivities and foods of the holiday season these days!.There you are, laughing and reminiscing near the buffet table, mindlessly munching while not paying attention to how many calories you’ve consumed, nor what you’ve even eaten. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid the post holiday guilt trip:
1. Eat nutrient dense foods that are low in calories. Consume healthy but filling dishes such as veggies with hummus, fruit, bean salads and low-calorie soups.
2. Plan your indulgences. How many sides will you allow yourself to have with the main entrée? What desserts can you skip trying? Planning out your meal for a celebration ahead of time can help you to stay on track.
3. Bring a healthy dish or two to share. You can’t control how what others bring and how healthy or not healthy their dishes will be–but you can control what you decide to bring. Have a few healthy staple recipes on hand that you know how to whip up quickly so that you know no matter what, there will be something healthy for you to eat.
4. Snooze on the booze. Instead of hitting up the liquor as soon as you get to the party, have 1-2 non-alcoholic drinks to start the event off– water is always a good choice. Then, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks the rest of the time. For instance, follow your glass of red wine up with a drink of carbonated water with lime.
5. Eat Breakfast. Many of us skip breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving or other holidays because we want to save room for what we will be consuming later in the day. This is the first step to setting yourself up for failure. Ditching breakfast can lead to snacking on the high calorie foods later in the day such as cookies, muffins, potato salad, etc.
Have a healthy and happy Easter!
Health Coach Autumn