It’s that time of year again. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie! Who could say no to that? You can have all of that and more but still stay healthy…it’s not always about what you eat, but how much and how often.
Here are some helpful tips to stay healthy during the holidays
Portions! Big plate, small plate, or medium plate? Choose a small plate to make your portion look large. If you are hosting a party, help out your guests by placing smaller plates rather than large ones.
Avoid piling food. Start with some turkey, mashed potatoes, and some salad. Finish that first before adding more to the plate. Plus, you can taste the different foods better that way.
Pace yourself! The slower you eat, the faster you feel full. Keep a good conversation going!
Drink a full glass of water before starting the meal. This makes your stomach expand, which starts the process of sending signals to your brain that you are full. In return, you will eat less during the meal.
Water, water, water! Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol as much as possible since they only add empty calories. Water should always be your best friend.
Have some pie! But maybe only a sliver, because like all holiday parties, there are many desserts to try. We all want to try them all, so eating small bits of each one will allow you to try all of them without feeling guilty.
Don’t eat until you feel like exploding. You don’t need to unbutton the top button on your pants, or move down a notch your belt. If it gets to that point, you probably have had enough to eat and it’s time to stop.
No gym membership? No problem! Take a 30 minute to 1 hour brisk walk around the neighborhood. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of low to moderate intensity exercise per week, spread out through the week. Exercise helps burn calories and helps maintain a healthy metabolism. And this is not just for the holidays; you can keep it up for the entire year
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you maintain a good diet and exercise well throughout the year, a few holiday meals will only make a dent in your health.
Always remember, each human being is different. So whatever might have worked for your friends or family members might not work for you. It’s always best to have any of your health questions answered by your physician.
Eat (healthy), Drink (water) and be Merry! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!