It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The fresh baked cookies, the bubbly, the eggnog, the pies, the homemade toffee (thanks mom!), the mulled cider, the slinky New Years Eve Dress… oh yeah, I got so lost in holiday cheer that I forgot about that dress, as most of us do. But who can blame us? This holidays are all about families, joy, festivities and indulgence- it’s just too bad that they all come with a side of calories. Not to worry, below are a few healthy holiday tips and tricks to make it through December and still fit into your New Year’s Eve dress. (Bonus- you can still have your pumpkin pie and eat it too!)
How to tackle the holiday party scene:
- The number one healthy holiday tip? Never arrive hungry! Always have a healthy snack before you go to a party. Take the edge off your hunger by eating a few slices of lean protein, such as turkey breast, some fruit or vegetables before you leave. That way, your growling tummy won’t take you directly to the cheese platter and dessert tray.
- Bargain with yourself. Make up little deals, such as allowing yourself 1 piece of pie after eating 5 healthy carrot sticks.
- Count calories. I know, it’s annoying, but if you are aware of how many you’re consuming throughout the day, you will know how many you may eat at the party. If your friend makes the world’s best apple pie or you are planning on having a few cocktails, substitute your usual sandwich at lunch for a low-cal salad.
- Chew gum. Several studies have concluded that chewing gum before snacking can reduce your cravings and hunger. Plus, it keeps you occupied.
- Remember that the purpose of a party is to socialize, not to eat! Try making the rounds and talking to people first, instead of heading to the buffet table. You might find that you aren’t even hungry.
Other tips for a healthy holiday:
- Don’t skimp on your workout! In fact, try to increase them during the week. Add just a little bit more cardio to your general routine so that you can have an extra glass of wine or a second helping without the guilt.
- Sign up for a race. Lots of towns host races around the holidays, such as a 5k Reindeer Run or 10k Jingle Bell Jog. Participating in a race is a great way to stay active, get in the holiday spirit, motivate yourself to stay healthy in the coming days and even lose holiday weight.
- Remember to drink water! Water is one of the best things we can put in our bodies—it flushes out all the toxins (one too many holiday-tinis? Chug some agua!), and keeps us hydrated, which minimizes hunger pains.
These aren’t just great tips for a healthy holiday, try and remember them year round as well!