The holidays are right around the corner.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas back-to-back, it’s easy to double your portions on the endless cookie exchanges, holiday parties and potlucks before the end of the year. And while it’s okay to treat yourself to some goodies, don’t wait until the new year to make it a resolution to be healthy.
Try these tips to avoid overeating during the holiday season.
- Make a list — Before your festivities begin, make a list of reasons why you want to stay healthy during the holiday season. Read the list every day as a reminder to not overindulge.
- Bring a dish — Volunteer to bring the vegetable tray or a fruit salad. This will guarantee you a healthy option when you eat your holiday meal.
- Skip the dips — When you give up the extra gravy, cranberry sauce and cheese dip on your dishes, you’ll also be giving up the extra calories.
- Take a break — It takes approximately 20 minutes for your digestive system to tell your brain that you’re full. Before you get in line for seconds or dessert, wait 20 minutes to allow your body the time to process. You may find that you’ll want to skip seconds and dessert altogether.
- Buy red plates — Research shows that people tend to eat less when their meals are on red plates. Reduce your food intake by purchasing some festive red plates to serve your holiday meals on.
- Freeze leftovers — Keep food out of sight and out of mind. When you store food in the freezer, you’ll have to defrost it before you can eat it again. This will help you avoid the temptation of mindlessly snacking.
- Keep on exercising — While you’re probably taking a break from your normal routine, such as work or school, don’t take a break from working out. Choose a simple exercise plan that you can stick to during the holiday season.
Maintain a healthy holiday diet for your healthier tomorrow!