7 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

7 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


According to the National Institutes of Health,
holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday
weight gain can really add up. Here are some helpful tips for healthy holiday eating.
Number 1. Be Realistic! Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays,
instead try to maintain your current weight. This way, you won’t be stressing about whether
or not your pants will fit the next day! Number 2. Plan time to exercise! According
to the Mayo Clinic, Physical activity helps bump up the production
of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphines! Exercise will help relieve
holiday stress and prevent weight gain. Try a 10-15 minute walk twice a day with family
and friends. Number 3. Don’t skip meals. Before going to
a party, eat a light snack such as fruit and veggies to curb appetite and you will be less
likely to over-indulge. Number4. Survey party buffets before serving
your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite! Make sure to add
some greens to balance out your meal. Number 5. Eat until you are satisfied, not
stuffed! Feeling uncomfortably full is never fun! So sit down, get comfortable and enjoy
your food till you feel content. And remember, you can save the rest for leftovers!
Number 6.Be careful with beverages! Alcoholic beverages are sometimes loaded with empty
calories. And alcohol can induce over eating. So be mindful of that before over indulging
on that rum apple cider. And number 7. Take the focus off Food! Plan
fun activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday
meal to a community in need, play games, or go on a walking tour of decorated homes.
These simple tips will surely help you prevent the holiday weight gain and you will enjoy
the merriment of the holiday season with family and friends instead of stressing about those
extra pounds.