How to eat and drink healthy during the holidays
I have been working on a series of posts set to go live soon, that feature several of the health and wellness programs available. I am trying to give authentic real person accounts of what is good and bad about these programs, so that anyone looking to make a healthier lifestyle change can make informed decisions about what is the best method for them to use.
In my research, I have been receiving several questions that I plan to address. One such question that I got, and have seen on forums, is how to eat healthy during the holidays, especially with so many treats at home, parties, work, school, etc. Here are some tips that I think everyone can enjoy:
- Eat a healthy snack before you go. The point of most parties is to socialize. If you aren’t hungry while you are there, you will be better equipped to make smart eating choices, while allowing yourself a small splurge, so you don’t feel guilty.
- Take a healthy snack as your contribution. I have seen some adorable Christmas Tree shaped fruit trees that people have taken as their pot luck contribution. Everyone loves it, and it’s a healthy alternative. (Side note: When I look at some of the posts, people suggest using wood glue on the toothpick to keep everything attached. Perhaps gluing the part that goes into the foam cone is ok, but I would NOT encourage anyone to put glue on a toothpick, then put fruit on the glue. That’s pretty much the opposite of healthy :))
- Exercise before you go. Even if you’re a few minutes late, the soreness in your body will be a reminder of how much effort it takes to work off those extra calories, and may help deter you.
- Drink water, even flavored, from a reusable bottle while there. Save your calories for a splurge on a seasonal favorite dessert, don’t waste them on liquid calories! Be sure to STAY HYDRATED though!
- Try to eat small meals throughout the day. If you make a concerted effort to eat regularly, you’ll be less inclined to binge at a party.
- Keep healthy snacks with you. I know some people who keep snack size containers of non-perishable snacks in their purse of trunk for times when they are away from home and get hungry. Also consider keeping a cooler with fruit, yogurt, or drinks for day trips.