And it begins – The most delicious season of the year. It’s certainly wonderful too, but who can argue that it isn’t equally delicious? Who can resist that smorgasbord of Christmas pies, grandma’s cookies, party hors d’oeuvres, and eggnog! Not to mention the endless call for holiday toasts (clink). I don’t know about you, but it’s tricky to maneuver through the holidays without adding extra to your waistline. By the time New Years rolls around, it might be a challenge trying to shimmy into that skimpy sequence dress. Gulp! So, here’s a few tips on how to outsmart the holiday bulge…
I know this sounds simple – and it really is. Think ahead to the events you’re attending that week. Purposefully eat healthy during normal meals so that you allow yourself room (and calories) to indulge on the sweet treats.
Eating smaller quantities more frequently might help in warding off binging. Although it’s not a proven science that 6 smaller meals a day is better than the average 3, grazing can help regulate blood sugar levels and hunger pains. Load up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and water whenever possible. Your body needs those nutrients, especially when it’s experiencing an overhaul of carbohydrates, sodium, and alcohol.
I try to keep a bottle of water with me at all times so that I’m constantly reminded to drink up! Water is essential for hydration, maintaining your metabolism, and cleansing your system of waste. This might be TMI, but I always have a cold glass of water when I wake up. It keeps me regular! And remember – often times we experience urges to eat because we’re actually dehydrated. So try a glass of water before you reach for those Doritos!
Add Fiber and Protein
Fiber is your friend. It’s important to be nice to your digestive tract, especially while partaking in holiday treats. Try adding fiber into your breakfast regimen. My preferred “fiber friendly” breakfast foods include Kashi cereal, multigrain bread, flaxseed, apples, oats, etc. Protein is also essential for a balanced diet. Protein assists in boosting your metabolism along with staying full longer (FOX News).
This is a no-brainer. Your body needs a way to burn off the calories from that extra glass of eggnog. I will admit, I’m not an exercise maniac. I actually use to dread forced physical activity! Make it fun and take an evening stroll with your partner, try some yoga in the comfort of your own home, power-walk in the mall while shopping – The sky’s the limit!
Here’s a few websites to check out if you’re looking for some health-nut recipes!
Also, click on the extra photo to view my vegan smoothie concoction!