By Kristen DeAngelis
The holidays are here, and so is the beginning of parties surrounded by family, friends and good food. As we approach holiday meals and festivities, it can be easy to overindulge without even realizing it. Excess calories from constant overindulgences throughout the season can find a way to add on pounds.
Here are a few healthy holiday survival tips to take with you this season:
Be realistic about your weight and instead of aiming to lose weight, aim to maintain your current weight during the holiday season.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate exercise:
Before leaving for a party, make a plan. Eat a light snack to curb your appetite to resist overindulging on tempting finger foods.
Often times, the classic American meal centers the plate with meat and potatoes first, adding vegetables to the side. Reverse this line of thinking and center your plate around as much seasonal fresh vegetables first, adding the “side” of lean meat (if that is part of your food choice) after.
It is easy to forget how many appetizers and finger foods we pick up before the main meal. Be aware of how much you are taking in throughout the day and be mindful of your actions and food choices.
Instead of focusing the day around the meal and food, focus on your conversation and make close connection with special people in your life you get to spend time with!
Be mindful of wine, cocktails, and the popular eggnog. Treat beverages the same as food in terms of how they can add on calories. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and increase overeating tendencies while non-alcoholic juices and mixers can be high in sugar and calories.
Remember this ode to the holidays: Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and savor the choices and foods you choose!