While you enjoy this holiday season, try these simple ways to keep from overindulging without feeling like you’re missing out.
Enjoy a protein and fiber-rich breakfast. A tip we love! This should be a part of your daily health routine, but especially on days you’ll be indulging. Opt for a hard-boiled egg, scrambled eggs with black beans, apple with almond butter, Greek yogurt with chia seeds (these seeds have double the fiber of bran flakes!), avocado with a poached egg or simply some kiwi and berries.
Don’t cook on an empty stomach. Just like it’s a bad idea to hit the grocery store when you’re starved, it’s not a good plan to start cooking without having had a healthy meal or snack. If you’re hungry, you’re much more likely to overeat and overindulge while you prepare the day’s feast.
Snack smart while cooking. Spending the day in a kitchen filled with intoxicating smells can do a number on your willpower. Stay on track by keeping healthy snacks on hand; place several small bowls with snacks like carrots, celery, berries, grapes or raw almonds on the counter.
Keep track of taste tests. Cooks need to know if they’ve seasoned the soup enough and sometimes it’s just too hard to resist a little nibble here and there—but these bites can really add up. Watch your consumption by putting your bites onto a small plate, instead of eating right out of the dish. Another trick is to use a different utensil for each sample—a bit wasteful as far as dishes goes, but then you’ll have visual representation of how much you’ve had and it’ll make it easier for you to say no.
Be hungry, not starving. Guilty of saving your appetite for the big meal? It may feel like you’re “saving” calories for later, but if you head to a party or big holiday meal with an empty stomach, you’re more likely to overdo it. Instead, make sure you’ve had breakfast and healthy snacks throughout the day—this way you’ll be ready to eat, but not ravenous.
Peruse then choose. The spread at holiday celebrations can be tantalizing—and overwhelming. By surveying what’s on the table first, then you can choose where you want to splurge and where you want to be smart. This works for appetizers and for full meals.
Select smaller plates. Huge plates make it easier to fill up on anything and everything. By choosing a smaller plate, your portions will naturally be smaller. It’s better to go back for a second round of small portions then to pile your plate with massive portions you feel obligated to finish.
Don’t clean your plate! Mom had her heart in the right place, but many adults now have a bad habit of finishing off their plate—even if they aren’t hungry or don’t like what they’re eating. If you grab a side or an app that looks great, but wasn’t your cup of tea, don’t finish it! What’s more wasteful: tossing it out in the trash or unnecessarily tossing it into your body?
One drink for one glass of water. Many people like to enjoy a couple drinks during holiday celebrations. Steer clear of a morning-after headache by drinking water throughout the evening. And try the one for one trick: for each alcoholic beverage you have, drink a glass of water.
Walk it off. If you overdid it—oh well! The holidays are for feeling good and enjoying your time with loved ones, not beating yourself up. If you feel stuffed after a meal, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get moving. Go for a 10-minute brisk walk after the big feast and get your metabolism going; you’ll feel better in no time.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season from all of us at Chiro One Wellness Centers.