1) Don’t restrict: Still enjoy those special Christmas foods that only come once a year because if you were to avoid everything you have a higher chance of over-indulging. Quick tip: leave the everyday “fun” foods alone, i.e. chips, chocolates; you can have them all year round.
2) Be aware of liquid calories: We don’t always realize that alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories. Did you know that one regular bottle of beer is about 150 calories or that one cup of Eggnog is close to 230 calories – without the rum? Quick tip: alternate between a drink high in calories with one that is low in calories, i.e. sparkling water.
3) Don’t leave home hungry! If you get to a party starving, you are more likely to overeat. Quick tip: plan to have a snack before you leave, i.e. fruit with nuts, veggies and dip or even a yogurt.
4) Watch your portion sizes: We eat with our eyes and whatever we take first, we take the most of. Quick tip: serve yourself the vegetables first! Then the protein and last the starch. And for desserts, use the smallest plates available.
5) Focus on positive self-talk before heading out: We don’t always think about this one, but it’s a biggie. Why? If you have the All-or-Nothing view point, you run the risk of feeling guilty after indulging; thinking that you have failed in some way, when in fact you haven’t. If this is you, I will ask you to tell yourself that it’s OK to indulge. This will not make or break you and it CAN definitely be part of a healthy lifestyle. Remember, it’s OK.
What are some of your best strategies?
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