Awww I know, the holidays can be super stressful and full of more eating no doubt! Especially parties and celebrations during the holiday season! They are definitely a challenge to healthy eating habits as there are lots of opportunities to overeat and indulge on special foods!
Try some of the following to help balance and moderate your eating habits:
Don't starve yourself- Not eating all day before a party or special holiday meal will cause excess hunger and overeating later. It's okay to eat light meals during the day to save up some calories for the main meal. Before leaving the house, have some fruit, low fat milk or veggies to curb your appetite.
Make wise choices- Before loading up your plate, browse all the selections and decide what foods you'd like to enjoy and which you can skip without feeling too deprived. Set a reasonable limit for what and how much you are going to eat. To avoid excess nibbling, put all foods on a small plate and don't sit nearby a food-laden coffee table!
Slow down- Focus on eating slowly and enjoying the special treats that you've selected. Eating quickly increases the chances of taking second helpings. Spend time socializing with family and friends and take the emphasis off of the food. Talking more while eating gives your tummy time to digest and you wont stuff your face as quick! hehe
Be prepared- If you are traveling by car or out at the mall shopping for endless hours, pack a few healthy snacks to decrease the chances of eating fast foods on the run. Carry fruit, low fat cheese, whole grain crackers, or a few nuts to curb your appetite and prevent excess hunger.
Limit your alcohol intake- Some mixed drinks can contain up to 500 calories! Also, alcohol increases your appetite and you'll wind up eating more calories.
Stay active- Between baking cookies and wrapping presents, it is easy to let your exercise routine collapse. Taking a walk, dancing to holiday music, using the stairs and parking your car far away from the mall entry are easy ways to be active during this hustle-bustle time of the year.
Making little changes like that can make a huge difference! Good luck and dont stress. Enjoy the holidays and time with your family.