Nov 20, 2015

Surviving the Holidays Healthfully

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Theresa Walker - BeachBody Coach

One of the most fun-filled times of the year is approaching, the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays.  It is however, one of the most decadent for eating and over-indulging.  A day to relax and enjoy is something we all deserve; however with so many occasions over these two months to gather with friends and family it is certainly an easy time of year to gain 5+ lbs easily!  If you'd rather not start the New Year with an extra few pounds, here are some tips I incorporate before heading out to events. 



1. I have a small protein filled snack before I go, or fruit/veggies, so I am not starving when I get there.  I do NOT skip meals during the day, that is counter-productive as you will over-eat later and mess with your metabolism.  Don't be afraid to eat your meals prior, just keep them healthy.

2. When I was strictly dieting, I made a list of what I planned to eat, and what I was going to cut out, before I went. It helped when I was there to taper back what I was eating and I stuck closely to my "plan". When I got back home, I had to write down what I did eat, and compare, for a little accountability.  It actually did work well for me.  

3. When I bring something to share, it's healthy.  That way, there is for sure something I can load up on that is a little less guilty.  It's a good time to make a healthier dessert you've been wanting to try or to ensure there are veggies on the table! 

4. If I am not hungry when I arrive, I don't eat! I get as FAR away as possible from the appetizers.  If I don't see it, I don't want it. All those calories add up. If I do eat some snacks, I make sure I deduct something from my dinner plate to even it out. For example, if I have some chips and guacamole, I will skip the potatoes with dinner.

5. Use a smaller plate if possible, and watch your portions. Load up on veggies and lean meats. Only small portions of carbs and fats.  Think about what a true portion size is as you are placing foods on your plate- for instance a serving of meat is the size of your palm, half cup is a portion of grains etc.


6. Don't feel like you have to eat a bite of everything or a huge plate so the host knows you enjoyed the meal. Don't be afraid to say "no thank you". Or skip a side if it's not something you really want, save your calories for food you truly enjoy and are looking forward to.

7. Be cognizant of what you are eating, don't mindlessly eat.  Eat slowly, so you can feel when you are getting full.  If you are full, STOP eating.  Period.  If you get hungry later, you can go back for more.

8. Take a break between meals.  Wait a 30-90 minutes before you go for dessert if possible. This will give your food time to settle and you will feel fuller, thus take a smaller dessert.


9. Dessert...Not sure about you but often my family has several desserts out, so I only allow myself one and take a smaller portion.  If I absolutely want to try two, I do so, but take tiny portions of each, to basically equal one normal portion size. 


10. I make sure to make the time to exercise on these days, even if it's just 10-20 minutes. You can even do ten minutes in the morning, ten in the evening when you get back home, but normally I try to exercise a little longer or at a higher intensity to burn as many calories as I can. 


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