I just realized I haven’t written a post since October! Man have I been busy in my move to Vancouver. Well have no fear I’m back and I am ready to post regularly!
The holidays are here and with all the celebration sometimes we forget about the healthy eating habits we’ve been developing all year. So to help you get back on track, I thought I’d share a few tips to help you prevent unwanted holiday weight gain.
1. Ruin your appetite – some people think that starving yourself all day is the perfect way to save calories so that you can eat at the christmas party, however, research shows that if you put yourself in starvation mode during the day you are more likely to overeat when you do get food. The best way to prevent over eating is to eat healthy during the day and have a small snack about an hour before you go to your party. This way you can arrive at your party not feeling famished and you can take the time to carefully choose the foods that you want to try.
Which brings me to my next point…
2. Be Choosy – when you go to a buffet don’t think that you need to try everything on the buffet table. It’s ok to stand back and examine the table so that you can decide what you really want to eat. And if you don’t like it, don’t eat it!
3. Limit Alcohol – I know this one might be a tough one but keep in mind that alcohol is filled with empty calories that can add up really quickly (a glass of wine can be around 105 calories). Also alcohol impedes our judgment and increases appetite so you are more likely to overeat. If you do want to drink choose wine or hard alcohol mixed with club soda and avoid sugary drinks, especially the egg nog which can average at a whopping 400 calories per serving.
4.Use a Smaller Plate – studies have shown that we like to finish everything on our plates and that we judge our fullness ques by the amount left on our plate. So to help you listen to your fullness ques grab a dessert or appetizer plate and use it as your dinner plate. You can fill it so you still feel like you’re getting a large portion but you will actually be eating less.
5. Don’t Hover Around the Buffet Table – once you’ve grabbed your share, walk away from the kitchen or the buffet table and have a seat on the couch so that you can savour each bite. Try to stay away from the table to prevent added temptation once you’re already full
And the most important thing to remember is:
6. DON’T GET DOWN ON YOURSELF – everyone overeats at at least one point over the holidays, there is a lot of temptation out there! What you should remember is that it’s what you do most of the time that really matters. So if you induldge at your grandma’s Christmas dinner because she makes the best pumpkin pie in the world, remember that the next day and try to eat more vegetables and fruit and avoid dessert. Or better yet add an extra 15min to your workout routine. Even a 15minute walk can help increase your digestion and bring down your blood sugars after a large meal.
The holiday season is not a time to start a weight loss or diet plan because you will be miserable if you’re munching on carrot sticks while everyone else is going in for their second helping of mashed potatoes and stuffing. Be mindful when you’re eating and really listen to your body to prevent overeating. And most of all: enjoy every bite, and it will be totally worth it 🙂
Even though the holiday season brings delicious food, there are also a lot of other things you can enjoy like outdoor skating, outdoor lights festivals, walks in the snow (well maybe not so much in Vancouver); so try to plan around these events and save the food events for really special occassions like Christmas Day.