Holiday Eating Tips
The holiday season is a stressful time for many people, and it can become even more stressful for those trying to stick to a healthy diet. With the parties, events, and dinners it is easy to understand why so many people give up eating healthy. BUT DON'T DESPAIR! The good news is you can still eat healthy during the holidays with some basic tips.
1. Know yourself, and have a plan. Can you have one indulgence and move on? Or, if you have one indulgence will you dive in and eat anything and everything that you possibly can (trust me, no judgment)? This is where you need a plan. If you want to eat a slice of pie, but know that it will send you over the edge, then perhaps you could save a slice for when you go home, so you are not tempted to go back for seconds or thirds... If you are hosting the celebrations, then save a slice for when your guests leave and give away the rest to your friends and family. Getting it out of reach is the goal!
2. Start with foods that will fill you up such as meat, vegetables, and healthy fat (ex. butter, nuts). This will stabilize your blood sugar, and help you keep away from the rich carbohydrate dishes.
3. Eat your regular meals leading up to the holiday dinner. Don't skip meals thinking you'll save your calories for the holiday meal. Trust me, you'll overeat, feel disgusting, and regret it.
4. Eat your holiday dinner, and move on. Eat whatever it is that you are planning to eat, whether or not you overindulged, then move on. If you overindulge, don't dwell on it thinking your diet is ruined, and you'll start over on Monday. Remove that idea from your mind; you didn't ruin anything. It is one meal, now move on and start over.
Above all don't worry and stress about about eating healthy. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. In the end, that is all that matters.