Surviving Holiday Splurge Eating:
10 Healthy Tips You Can Do NOW To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Healthy Holiday Eating Struggles
When we rang in the New Year 2020, every one of us were hopeful. Everyone was looking forward to starting new or trying out new things, going to new places, meeting new people and more!
But COVID-19 made sure none of those happened.
Who would’ve known that the CDC will come out with guidelines and regulations on how to do Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, medical check ups or even eating at restaurants?
This wasn’t probably the “starting new” or “trying out new things” we were thinking about when we welcomed 2020, wasn’t it?
But here we are.
Everything we’re used to doing was greatly impacted, taking a toll on our overall health. Top that to the regular stress we all feel every holiday season!
We know you are all probably thinking now about creative ways to celebrate the holiday 2020 edition, we’d like to share with you tips on how you can keep your healthy eating habits intact.
Because we understand, when everything around is a frenzy, tearing apart that candy bar wrapper and just losing yourself on that candy to get some sort of calm or relief is probably the best thing to do.
But we are stronger than that! You have survived through the pandemic, you can survive holiday eating without splurging!
How Do You Eat Healthy? Reverse Holiday Bingeing with These 10 Healthy Holiday Tips
The holidays are always a time for family gatherings, get-togethers, parties, night markets and abundance of food!
But since we’re in this roller coaster of a year, maintaining a healthy lifestyle could be harder than previous years.
Excessive eating, less workout, family pressure, and pandemic stresses can take over and before you know it, you’ve gained some unwanted weight or feel overwhelmed with the looming anxiety of the “COVID”-holiday season outcome.
Here are 10 tips for staying healthy during the holidays:
Tip 1: Start your day Off with a good, hearty breakfast
Breakfast sets the tone for the whole day. If you start with a super sweet breakfast, chances of staying full for as long as possible is very low. You’ll be grabbing a mid-morning snack shortly after.
On the other hand, eating a protein packed and fiber filled breakfast will keep you full for at least 4-5 hours. Preventing you from reaching a cookie or chocolate covered goodies.
Tip 2: Don't skip meals or go to a party with an empty stomach
If you think skipping lunch because you’re invited to a party later in the night is a good idea to save calories--think again!
Starving yourself during the day will only make you ravenous at dinner time. You’ll be rage-eating and filling your stomach with sweets, fatty foods and anything you set your eyes and hands on.
Then regret it the next day.
Instead, be smart. Eat your lunch.
And always carry a healthy and light snack with you so you have something to eat before you go to a dinner party. Then you can relax and enjoy a few little sweet pastries.
Tip 3: Don’t starve yourself
Trying to lose weight during the holiday season is not a good idea. Depriving yourself of food while everyone else is feasting and snacking will only demoralize you.
Besides, achieving your ideal weight goal between Christmas and New Year is a task for the entire year.
So, don’t forbid yourself from eating, but generally work on a healthy and balanced diet. Set realistic goals and exceptions without feeling guilty and losing your mind.
Tip 4: stop checking your likes
In this world run by social media and smartphones, where our phones are glued to our hands and have this constant need to check our social media accounts every second, the thought of being mindful to our surrounding and everything we do, in this case, eating, may seem ridiculous to some.
But when your senses are activated while eating--you look at your food and appreciate how it was presented, you smell the aroma and let it flow through you like a breath of fresh air, you taste the food on your tongue and notice how it feels in your mouth--when you do these things, you automatically eat slower, chew better and notice that you’re getting full.
This is because the feeling of fullness sets in 15 to 20 minutes after you start eating. Taking small breaks between courses will also help you eat less than you actually intend to.
Take your time, enjoy each little piece of ingredient on your plate, put your phone in mute and have a real conversation with the people around you while eating.
Tip 5: Make your own healthy holiday snacks
The holiday season is sure to be packed with all kinds of sweet goodies that’s why it’s so hard to eat healthy!
But the advantage of preparing your own holiday snacks is, you call the shots! As a substitute to sugar and chocolate coated anything, try fresh and dried fruits. Dried apple rings, blueberries, strawberries and figs make a healthier snack spread than cookies.
Or rather greasy and salty food, try seeds! Sure, they’re high in fat but healthy!
Alternatively, making your own energy protein bars and bites is a sure way to kick the cravings while providing you with energy to get you through the day.
These plant based protein snacks are very easy and way cheaper to make. Plus, you have control of what ingredients to use!
We’re not saying you should completely avoid your traditional holiday snacks, just eat them in moderation or if you can use a healthier ingredient to replace another--then go for it!
For clean eating holiday recipes, go here.
Tip 6: take it easy on the booze
This may be something really difficult to do, but if you can’t completely avoid it, drink moderately.
Always have a glass of water when you’re drinking alcohol, not only during the holidays but every time. Water will keep you hydrated and help break the alcohol down.
Avoid drinking alcohol before meals because it will only stimulate your appetite. Also, prefer light alcoholic drinks, your digestive system will already be working full time grinding an opulent festive menu so take it easy on the booze, will ya?
Tip 7: Keep your workout routine
When we consume a lot of energy we should also burn a lot of energy.
Stick to your exercise routine, we know it's not that easy especially during the holidays but when you do this, you don't have to worry about packing on the pounds.
As a variety, take your workout outside or take your family or dog for a walk, build a snowman, shovel the snow in your driveway, go sledding or get into a snowball fight with your kids.
Exercising outdoors is not only good for your body but also for the mind.
Tip 8: netflix and chill
Feeling the highs and lows during the holidays are inevitable. Tensions, stress, pressure, from all aspects of our lives tend to arise when we least expect it. When this happens, some people fall into stress eating.
You can prevent this from happening. Talk to your whole family in advance and agree on who should do what. You don’t have to do it all, you can delegate but don't raise expectations too high.
Maybe the only good thing this pandemic has taught us is to enjoy and appreciate each moment with our family and loved ones.
So, don't pack the holidays too full of appointments and events. Focus your attention on the time together with your loved ones, just lean back, put your feet up, choose from the ton of holiday movies on Netflix and just chill.
Tip 9: Stay hydrated (with water)
Yes, alcohol is in liquid form but drinking too much of it will only stir up your appetite and slow down your metabolism.
Water and/or unsweetened tea will do the opposite of alcohol. Drink water before every meal to avoid sudden snacking. As a general rule, up to 2 liters of water a day should be consumed.
You can also put slices of lemon in your carafe with water to boost your metabolism and help with digestion.
Or mix yourself a green smoothie. The fresh vegetables and fruits supply the body with nutrients, vitamins and minerals and gives a pleasant feeling of satiety.
Tip 10: detox the toxins out
Festive celebrations cause our digestive system to work at full speed. Holiday eating also causes an imbalance of macro and micronutrients due to excessive consumption of fatty and sugary foods.
Detoxing is a great way to give your body a break and bring balance back.
Take one or two days to detox. Replace sweets, fatty foods with lots of vegetables and fruits; alcoholic drinks with water, tea or smoothies.
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