Every year starting with Halloween, going through the Christmas holiday, our houses are filled with delicious treats of every variety.  From your refrigerator to your pantry to the “secret” treat drawer, it’s a landmine of candy, chocolates, cookies and more.  The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family and celebrate the spirit of the season.  As we know all too well, the holidays are also full of seasonal goodies which can lead to some extra pounds around the mid-section.

Have no fear!  You can still enjoy the holidays and indulge in the delicious foods!  The holidays are definitely not a time to deprive yourself of all the wonderful foods that come with them.  No one wants to go into Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday parties thinking they aren’t allowed to enjoy all of their favorite, festive foods.  By anticipating what is ahead of you and planning a little bit this year, you can avoid falling into the seasonal weight gain trap.

At Real Life Nutrition, we are gearing up for the holidays by helping our clients put a plan into place that will allow them to enjoy all the holiday season has to offer and keep their weight in check.  Here are some tips for you:

 

  • Plan Ahead – When you know you have a holiday gathering or party to attend, eat a small, nutritious snack (i.e., a piece of fruit or some raw veggies).  This will help you to avoid eating too much of the rich hors d’oeuvres at the party.

  • Start With Healthy Options – At the gathering, first fill your (small) plate with foods such as fruits, vegetables, salad, grilled meat, roasted chicken, boiled shrimp or any seafood.  If you add any high-calorie dips or sauces, just get enough to “taste”.  After eating the healthy food, wait a few minutes to see if you are still hungry.  If you’re like more people, wanting to eat the food available to you is more about how great you know it tastes rather than actually being hungry.  The good news is… you’ve already had some!

  • Bring Your Own Dish – Offer to bring a healthy dish to an event, so you know you will have a lower-calorie option to enjoy.

  • Keep Up Regular Physical Activity – Walking for even 10-15 minutes per day can greatly improve your mood, reduce stress and burns extra calories.  If you already have a regular exercise routine, keep it up and maybe add on 5-10 extra minutes of cardio, if you can.

  • Carry a Clutch – Ladies, try carrying a small clutch handbag to parties so that you only have one hand to use to nibble on the goodies.

  • Dress for Comfort and Style – Ladies and gents, wear clothing that is comfy but that doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room so that you can’t overindulge.

  • Review Then Choose – Review all of the food that is offered before deciding what to grab.  This will allow you to really enjoy and taste what you want the most.

  • Minimize Alcohol Consumption – Watch out for alcohol calories – they add up quick!

  • Water, Water, Water! – Stay hydrated by drinking water or sparkling water throughout the gathering.  This will also help to keep you full.

  • Eat slowly and savor all of the deliciousness.

  • If possible, plant yourself in a location that isn’t near the food table and sit down to eat.

  • Remember that moderation and portion control are key to helping you succeed.

The holidays are a great time of year.  We have been trained to believe that food is supposed to take center stage around the holidays.  Why not start a tradition of going for a walk or playing football or basketball with the family to break up the day?  Or something that will allow you to enjoy the fun times with the people you enjoy being around, that doesn’t focus on food.  The food will still be a part of the day, but it isn’t the ONLY part.

Real Life Nutrition wishes you a safe, happy and HEALTHY holiday season!  Need help developing your holiday nutrition plan?  Contact us today!  www.getrealwithjess.com