Help! How Do I Eat During the Holidays?

27 Nov

We have officially entered the holiday danger zone when it comes to healthy eating. Fear not! I have some tips for you to help you through this wonderful time of year without packing on the pounds.

As you probably know, I am a firm believer in indulging in the moment (in moderation) and enjoying good food with people I love.

With that being said, from October 31st until January 2nd, there happens to be a lot more moments with the people we love. Change your mindset about eating during the holidays so the worry of healthy eating doesn’t get in the way of your time with family and friends. Use these strategies to enjoy the holidays while finding a delicious balance between health and the holidays.

1. Lose the all or nothing approach. When has this ever worked? If I told you that you could never eat apple pie again, you would close your browser and get your hands on the first thing that resembles apple pie and lick the plate clean. Give yourself permission to enjoy a small piece of apple pie (or whatever your favorite few “indulgent” Thanksgiving dishes are). Remember, no one gained a pound from eating one slice of pie.

2. Rate each dish on a scale of 1-10. Especially if you have a large group of people bringing dishes to a meal. Only eat the foods that rate as an 8 or higher on your scale. Don’t waste calories eating foods that you only moderately enjoy.

3. Start new traditions. Who says you can’t be the first person to bring a Warm Autumn Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad to the table? What about some Lightened Up Pumpkin Pie or a side of Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes? This gives you at least one “safe” dish you enjoy and offers some healthy options to your loved ones.

4. Eat breakfast. A common school of thought is to save up all your calories for the mega-meal known as Thanksgiving dinner. Wrong! Eat a satisfying breakfast that includes a combination of fiber and protein (think oatmeal with almond butter, toast with peanut butter, or scrambled eggs with fruit). From the time you eat breakfast until a couple hours before your meal, eat a small snack every 4 hours. This will allow you to enjoy the big meal without the ravenous cravings the keep you from making smart decisions.

5. Exercise. Just get up and move. Enough said.

Above all else, remember to enjoy this time with your family and friends. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year!

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