After a month of costume parties and trips to the pumpkin patch, suddenly the holidays are in full swing. Good intentions to maintain a healthy lifestyle are undermined by enticing invitations to holiday parties. At Revie MD, we appreciate the fun of this season as much as anyone else but want to make sure it isn’t at the expense of progress towards good health. To that end, here are some tips our team will use during the holidays in order to navigate some of the common pitfalls frequently encountered:
Plan, plan, plan. This is KEY! If you know you are going to be attending a party, pack your car with a soft-side cooler that includes your favorite healthy snacks; this will be your best friend. Eat these prior to the gathering so that you aren’t tempted to fill up on less healthier options. You can also bring your favorite sparkling water, or low sugar alcohol (think white tequila, vodka or low-carb beer).
Eat mindfully. It may seem cliché but it’s true, and it works. Before you take that first bite from the buffet table, pause and breathe for 10 seconds. When you think about the texture, smell, appearance and flavor of each bite, you will automatically slow down, eat less, and appreciate the wonderful “eating” experience.
Go for healthier choices. If you think about it, there are healthy foods available during the holidays including: turkey; other meats; healthy nuts; green salads and vegetables. Look for these foods at holiday gatherings. Lower calorie options will help fill you up and prevent you from giving in to the temptation of high calorie desserts like cookies.
Remember why you want to eat healthy. Keep a list in your phone of all the reasons eating healthy will benefit you: a longer life; more energy; better sleep; more stable moods; less joint pain and positive feelings about yourself and your body.
Go to social gatherings to be with friends, not to eat. You should view these get-togethers as an opportunity to connect with and have fun with the people you care about. That in itself is a reward.