How to Eat Right During the Holidays
It is naturally much harder to eat right during the holidays than at any other time of year. Parties offer numerous opportunities to over-indulge in unhealthy eating and drinking. Having kids in the house will ensure that you hear repeated requests for unhealthy foods on a very regular basis. Holiday advertising may make you feel like you just have to have that extra drink or oversized box of holiday cookies. Following are some ways in which you can combat the urge to throw your healthy eating plan out the window for the holiday season.
Allowing yourself to indulge in some healthy treats will help to avoid the temptation to eat too many unhealthy ones. Keep healthy, low-fat snacks at the office, in the car and at home. You may also want to make a very short list of what unhealthy foods you will allow yourself to eat and when you will do so.
Contribute to the Party
If you are invited to a party, offer to bring food and/or drinks. Use this opportunity to bring healthy items that you enjoy eating and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Chances are others will enjoy them as well.
Stay busy at an office or family party by talking with people or watching the kids play. Ideally, find someone who talk to who is not right next to the snack table. Helping the host clean up is yet another good way to divert your attention from holiday treats to something more productive.
The following points can apply to anyone who wants to avoid holiday weight gain. Even so, it is a good idea to personalize these pointers by thinking of specific challenges you expect to face over the holiday season and coming up with ways to get through them. Doing so will save you the hassle of having to shed holiday pounds throughout the coming year.
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