All that yummy food and beverage! So hard to resist. Here are 3 effortless tips to enjoy the holidays and still maintain your weight and keep the energy levels high!
1. ALLOW 1 GOODY PER DAY
Enjoy a holiday favorite mini treat each day. Skip the ones that you can eat any day of the year. Some of my favorites pleasures are Red Velvet Cake and Homemade Christmas Cookies. Allow yourself to enjoy a delightful goody and savor each bite. The body is amazingly forgiving if you have a treat every day for a short period of time. Be sure to keep up with exercise and physical activity. Boost your work-out time or add an evening walk most nights to check out all of the beautiful Holiday and Christmas lights.
2. SNACK ON CARROTS OR CELERY STICKS TO BREAK A BINGE CYCLE
If your holiday snacking is starting to turn into a mini binge, munch on some raw carrots and/or celery. I quickly grab some raw carrots when I find myself eating some cookies or candy and then I want more and more. Sweets/Sugary Foods are quite addictive Break the cycle with some raw vegetables and you will notice the urge to keep eating the sweets disappears.
3. BRING A FRESH SNACK OR ENTREE TO THE OFFICE OR HOLIDAY PARTY
Fatty, sugary tempting foods at work or at a party can make it quite a challenge to avoid a fat & sugar feast. I generally bring a healthy snack/meal to the office or holiday party so I can snack on a wholesome treat when there is fatty/sugary food everywhere. Some suggestions: fresh fruit platter, veggie tray with hummus, vegetable stir-fry or a large salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Most of the office staff or party guests appreciate the healthful food and the hostess is always thankful for the offering. It is a win-win.