Thanksgiving is over and if you’re feeling like you ate a little too much stuffing, pumpkin pie or other holiday goodies, don’t despair. You can still enjoy the next four weeks of the holiday season and manage your weight by following the holiday eating tips listed below:
- Plan ahead. Don’t starve yourself all day before a holiday meal. You will tend to overeat if you go to a party ravenous. Eat a light snack like yogurt, a salad or half a sandwich before you go. It will be easier to pass up some of the high calorie foods.
- Focus more on socializing than eating. Fill a small plate with a couple of your favorite appetizers along with raw vegetables. Find a place to sit down away from the buffet table to eat slowly and savor every bite.
- Limit alcohol to 1 to 2 servings. Drink sparkling water with a twist of fresh lemon or lime in-between alcoholic drinks. One serving of a dry wine or lite beer is less than 100 calories.
- Lighten up some of your holiday recipes by substituting reduced-fat versions of cream cheese or sour cream. You can also use less of a sharper flavored cheese or lower fat cream soups in casseroles. Plain yogurt or applesauce can replace at least half the fat in quick bread recipes.
- Don’t go nutty. Peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and almonds have many health benefits but they also are high in calories. Limit nuts to 1/4 cup serving per day.
- Split a rich dessert with a friend or two. Take a couple of bites and savor the flavor! Better yet, choose fresh berries with a spoonful of whipped cream.
- Keep moving! Look for ways to build extra steps into your day like walking a few extra laps around the mall or walking up stairs instead of escalators. A brisk 15 – 20 minute walk will also give you more energy!
- Build holiday festivities around outdoor activities like sledding, skiing, ice skating or walking around the neighborhood to view the holiday lights.
- Don’t forget to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep most nights and manage your stress level. Try to delegate some of your holiday tasks like gift wrapping, cleaning, addressing holiday cards, etc.
- Look for ways to relax and enjoy the holidays by taking time to read, listening to music, taking a walk or calling a friend or relative.
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