Healthy Holiday Eating Tips (Part 6-10 of 10)
6. Have lighter foods first. Start out with a small plate of salad or vegetables first. Then go back for your main course.
7. Do not deny yourself. Closely review your food choices. Limit the fried foods, cream-based soups, casseroles, pies, processed meats, pastries and baked goods. When you make your selections, serve yourself only 3 bites of each in addition to your protein. This will allow you a bit of indulgence without the guilt. Remember, if it’s really not one of your absolute favorites, don’t waste the calories on it.
8. Pair up! The buddy system will help you stay on track. Find someone else who is attending the party who is striving for similar weight loss and healthy living goals. Use each other for accountability to stay on track.
9. Focus on activities other than eating. Remember the true meaning of holiday get-togethers. Focus on family, friends and reconnecting, while limiting the time spent hovering over the food. Engage in fun activities such as board games, card games, gift exchanges, and other activities that do not involve food.
10. Maintain perspective! If you over indulge, don’t panic and throw caution to the wind for the remainder of the holidays. Overeating one day will not break your plan. Instead, spend the next few days focusing on healthier choices of proteins and low-sugar carbohydrates (fruits & vegetables) and you’ll be right back on track!