The average American gains one pound a year between the holiday season!
This may not seem as daunting as the perceived weight gain that one may think occurs, however, this weight is typically weight gain that will not go away, an will have a cumulative effect year after year.
Yes, while Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years…can be a total blur of family, fun, and lots and lots of FOOD, it is also a time to buckle down and focus on the greatest gift you can give yourself – the gift of health!
Here are some of my top tips for staying on track this holiday season:
#1 – Eat! Many people skip meals in order to save calories for later! Don’t! This usually leads to ravenous hunger and you heading to the grazing table, aka the hors d’ouveres table, immediately. This can lead to overeating as 1000-1500 calories can be consumed before dinner even starts! Making sure to eat on your normal schedule with balanced meals and snacks will help keep your appetite in check and prevent overeating.
#2 – Contribute to the meal! Not sure there will be a healthy nutrient dense dish at the dinner table that you know you can rely on? Make one yourself and bring it with you! This will ensure at least one nutritious fiber-filled choice! There are many options, but who does’nt like a veggie tray or big colorful chopped salad? Want a hot dish to bring? How about cauliflower mashed potatoes with smoked paprika?
#3 – Be Colorful! Colorful in conversation and colorful on your plate! Have a plan to fill ½ your plate with as much variety of colorful veggies. Fill the rest of your plate with protein and starch in that order. Eat your protein and veggies first. In between bites engage in conversation, have a sip of water and then have another bite! You may find yourself full before you even get to the starch! If you still have room, have a taste, maybe a taste is just enough to fulfill your palate and belly!
#4 – Quench Your Thirst! Alcoholic beverages contribute empty calories, and if you have to many, any nutritional plan may get lost in the wind and poor poor judgments with food are ore likely. If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation, but try alternating each drink with a glass of water or better yet at the dinner table, where you don’t have to carry two glasses, alternate sips!
Need Would you like more holiday advice or help staying on track this holiday season? We are here to help. We offer holiday survival workshops and four week challenges plus one on one nutrition coaching! Just message me if you are interested!