Tips on Keeping a Steady Diet Just in Time for The Holidays
Can you guys believe that it's already October? Holy smokes, it seemed like it was only yesterday we were toasting to the New Year! I can’t believe we’re so close to 2019! I don’t know about you guys, but it was an incredible year for me and my family. We actually did a number of things on our bucket list including aiding refugees in Palestine.
But back to reality!
The holiday season is upon us!
‘Tis the season of endless food options and overeating!
We all know holidays are the perfect excuses to binge eat now and regret later.
Ok, maybe not so much but the more I say it, the more plausible it becomes.
Hey, judge all you want, I'm only human after all.
Here are some of the most straightforward tips to help keep you from overindulging and falling out of line.
Be aware of what goes on your plate.
Remember one thing: be careful, not careless with how you portion your food.
You don't want to end up with just meat, potatoes, and bread on your plate. Vegetables such as string beans, carrots, asparagus, and whatever is presented at the dinner table, so you stay full and in check!
Eat your vegetables FIRST!
Offer to bring something in case your host does not have something you can indulge in.
This is actually a pretty bright idea. I cannot keep count of how many times I’ve been invited over for the holidays and something as simple as a salad is missing.
Macaroni salad does not count!
Ask if you can help out by bringing in your own dish.
As sad as it sounds, not too many people will be ditching the main entrees for something as simple as a salad. But we know you will!
Don't let your friends tempt you with Krispy Kreme donuts while holiday shopping because "c'mon it's just one donut!"
I mean, yes, it is just a donut...that will lead to more donuts.
Now, we all know that most of the time, when food is high in sugar, its low in nutrition. Remember, not all sugar is created equal! Your diet can consist of just donuts, and you can still maintain or even lose weight.
How? Because at the end of the day, it's not what you eat, it's how much you eat.
Excess of any particular food can lead to weight gain.
Pay attention to what's on your plate.
I mean really pay attention to what's on your plate. By chewing your food and experiencing every bite you take, you allow yourself to enjoy what you're eating rather than swallowing it and feeling insatiable.
Make yourself a drink before heading over.
Sorry to burst your bubble but this isn't the kind of drink you had in mind.
Yeah I know, it's the holidays and your children are on break, you're stringing up lights, stuffing a dead turkey, and you're baking and cooking and pretty much falling to pieces with how hectic your schedule is.
Juicing has several benefits and can help you feel full with all the nutrients and minerals vegetable and fruits contain. There's nothing more straightforward, and the recipes you can find online are endless.
I guess a shot of vodka in there won't hurt.
Hey, I won't tell if you won't.
Keep your bag stocked with healthy snacks such as baby carrots, strawberries, or a granola bar.
I know it's a holiday but ease up on the drinks, they contain hundreds of calories and most of the time, we don’t even notice it! If you have a hard time drinking plain old water, try adding a few mint sprigs or a bag of green tea to add some flavor. Sparkling water is also a great alternative.
Don't slack after a food attack!
Do not, I repeat do not; let all that food seduce you into a food coma! I'm not saying you have to go run a few laps around the block, but helping with the cleanup or taking a brisk walk to the closest park has several benefits and has been proven to help with weight loss.
Yes, you can have a slice of pumpkin pie, yes, you can have (more than) one glass of wine, and you can have a second serving of mashed potatoes but be wary of portions.
Regardless of what diet you're following, you don't need to completely restrict yourself from all the fantastic, delicious, mouthwatering food at the table.
Quit the guilt.
The last thing you want is to drown yourself in regret after dinner. It is a holiday after all, and the point of it is so we can relax. If you believe you overdid it, then move on. I play the "I'm human" card 10x a day and you should, too. But don't feel like you've fallen so hard that you can't get back up. I encourage you to get back on track with that healthy lifestyle as soon as possible.