7 strategies for eating right during the holidays
Christmas is the most challenging holiday for me to behave. This is the one holiday I go home to Mississippi and you know they’re known for cooking and eating there. This Christmas I don’t want to think of what I can’t have because it’s unrealistic with having spreads of food for breakfast lunch and dinner over multiple days. What I will say is, I will be smart, proactive and honest with myself.
1. Not too much alcohol. I know the eggnog, wine and champagne may be flowing but limit your intake because its nothing but sugar.
2. Eat more veggies and less of the heavier foods then stop when you’re full. I’m not sure why we have to overeat in one sitting when food is going to be assessable all day, LOL. You can say no to the 3rd plate when you were full on the 1st. Filling the majority of you plate with veggies and lighter options you’ll have less room to consume the much heavier foods.
3. Limit sugar intake. If your family is anything like mine, there is a whole table dedicated to desserts. The dessert table meets the needs of your appetite any time of day. You don’t need to sample every item on the table, and you shole nuff don’t need to have a hunk of pound cake for breakfast, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner, 2nd dinner, late night snack (My granny’s pound cake is that good though). Enjoy the sweets but in moderation.
4. Because it's there doesn't mean you have to eat it. A lot of the foods I love I don’t see until Christmas and it’s easy to load up on those as well as my regular faves. Don’t do it. Go for the things you least see through the year and leave the regulars be. Something has to give.
5. If cooking, use healthier alternatives for ingredients. Substitutions are you friends.
6. If you eat heavy for one meal, eat lighter for the remainder of the day.
7. Make sure to stay active. Both of my grandparent’s houses are in the country so there is plenty of land and roads to have a walk after a meal, or play a pickup game with cousins. I could even walk in the mornings but since we’re being honest with ourselves, I already know that I won't, LOL.
If we set realistic goals for ourselves during the holiday, we will be successful! If you have more tips on how to eat better during the holidays, leave a comment.