The holidays are a time for celebrating with family friends, but often come with a multitude of opportunities to overindulge. With balance, moderation and exercise you can enjoy all of the holiday cheer without expanding your waistline. Eat, exercise, enjoy, and follow these 10 tips for a happy and healthier holiday!
1. Snacking ahead
Arrive hungry to a party, and you will likely overeat. Eat a healthy snack beforehand and then go easy on the hors d’oeuvres.
2. Dressing the part
Wear something flattering and slightly snug. Your outfit will stop you from overdoing it.
3. Strategic placement and planning ahead
Limit yourself to just one small plate. Then walk away from the holiday spread. Be selective when many courses are offered. Consider skipping desert. You can be just as social sipping coffee.
4. Chew gum
Stop mindless eating. Pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth, so you won’t be tempted to eat more.
Bring a healthy dish to a party for you and others to enjoy instead of a bringing a bottle of wine.
6. Sweet temptations
Balance sugary sweets with healthy options such as fruit.
7. Limit alcohol
A glass of wine contains 120-150 calories, mixed drinks 150+, martinis around 150, beer up to 200, eggnog 225, and a cosmopolitan has as many as 285 calories! Alternate between alcoholic drinks and water to reduce your caloric intake.
8. On the go
Be social. Work your way around the room, mingling with the other guests, leaves you with less time for over eating and drinking.
9. Keep moving
Stay active. Why wait until the New Year to make a resolution to get fit? Schedule workouts with a fitness trainer or a friend for the day after each holiday party.
10. Be accountable
Keep a food and exercise journal. Record everything you eat. Be sure to include your workouts too. Seeing it all in print will make you more accountable for a healthier holiday season.
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