The lights are up and the stores are decorated, so I suppose it’s time to face the fact that the holiday season is right around the corner. It can be a time filled with additional stress, schedules filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food, so it's easy to overindulge in rich foods that aren't so good for you. But, there's no need to miss out on the festivities just to save your diet -- with a little help, you can keep from eating too much during the holidays.
Here's how to enjoy the holidays without ruining your diet:
Bring Your Own Side Dish
As a Health Coach, creating healthier versions of holiday dishes are kinda my jam. My favorite dish of all time is my Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Brazil Nuts. It is the perfect blend of healthy fat, fiber and low-glycemic carbohydrates that will prevent you from overindulging later.
Eat Before You Leave the House
Trying to wrap up all the things on the to-do list can often leave you rushing at the last minute (or maybe that’s just me??). Do not forget to have a meal, or at the very least, a healthy snack before heading out. This will help you avoid overeating at the party or family dinner later. Grab a few Spiced Walnuts for a quick snack that will help cue your satisfaction hormones, leaving you less likely to go bananas at the buffet table.
Don’t Drink All Your Calories
If you're craving a cocktail, opt for club soda in place of tonic water to save 80 calories. But wait until you're seated to start sipping as alcoholic drinks can stimulate your appetite.
Chose Lean Protein
Opt for leaner cuts of meat, beans, or seafood to keep you feeling satisfied longer.
Chose Your Foods Wisely
Be picky on what foods you chose to indulge in. Ask yourself, “Do I really want this?” If you say “YES”, go for it and do not feel guilty.
With a proactive approach – a plan and the right mindset there is no reason you will have to set another New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds. Remember, if you do overeat or “accidentally” eat too many hors d'oeuvres, don’t beat yourself up. Get up the next day, do something active, drink water, and get back on track. Take the slip up and use it as information so you can make more empowered decisions at the next holiday event.