Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
The cold holiday season is loved for many reasons, but one that everyone has in common is the food. Many take this time of year to indulge in their favorite treats, overeat and over-drink; a great way to celebrate but not great for your health. It’s all well and good promising to start the diet in the New Year, but with only 22% of resolutions making it to February; you should start the good habits now. It’s possible to enjoy yourself and indulge while still taking steps not to overdo it; don’t think that it means restricting yourself while others revel in the delights of Christmas. Check out these healthy eating tips to make sure you stay happy and healthy into the new year.
- Don’t starve yourself for a big meal
If you know you’re having a large, heavy meal or a lot to drink later on, have small, lighter meals through the day. Not only will this keep you full but it will also keep your metabolism going and help burn off excess calories. Arriving at a party hungry will just make you eat everything you see!
- Choose healthier ingredients
Choosing healthier alternatives when cooking can make all the difference. Take opportunities to stock up on seasonal vegetables, choose less fatty ingredients with less added salt and sugar. Try swapping your drinks to low-calorie options, chances are no one will even taste the difference.
- Try different methods of cooking
Rather than just roasting and frying everything during the holidays, try alternative cooking methods. Steaming your vegetables is quick and easy and also helps the vegetables retain vitamins and nutrients. Get creative with different methods and ingredients and give your celebrations a delicious twist.
- Plan ahead
If you know you’re going to out drinking at a New Year’s Party or something similar, then bring a snack with you. Big nights out like this can leave feeling a bit worse for wear, eating something can help you focus and make sure you enjoy your night. Also plan your meals in advance, if you know you’re over indulging one night have healthier meals in the days leading up to it. Stock up the cupboards with healthy snacks as well, rather than lots and lots of chocolate; carrot sticks are a healthier alternative when temptation hits.
- Keep an eye on your alcohol intake
Getting caught up in the celebrations, you tend to lose track of much you’ve been drinking. Not only will a lot of alcohol guarantee a sore head in the morning, but it is pretty fattening too. Like heavy, rich foods try not to indulge in too much alcohol on a regular basis and opt for less calorie options if you can. If you are mixing your drinks, choose diet or low-sugar mixers.
- Don’t be afraid to say no
It is tempting to say yes to extra servings of potatoes and gravy and eat everything offered to you. Don’t feel you have to eat everything presented to you if you are not hungry, no one will be upset! Similarly if you have food leftover on your plate, don’t feel pressured to finish it if you are full, stop eating and save it for later if you want.
This article was written by Amy. Amy had a great passion for food and cooking and believes that it can all be enjoyed over the holidays without overdoing it. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new recipes and writing.