It is the time of year for parties: office parties, holiday parties, family get-togethers, gift exchanges, and of course those darn cookie exchanges. Food is everywhere! Most of it is delicious, but not always the healthiest.
Here are 6 ways to avoid packing on the pounds.
Don’t go to an event or party hungry. Take control and eat a little something before you go. Eating a healthy snack beforehand means you will be likely to make a beeline to the buffet table.
#2 Keep to your regular workout routine
It’s so easy to let your workouts fall by the wayside during the rush of the holidays. Maybe you don’t have time to drive to the gym in between all the holiday shopping and socials. Grab a partner and walk those extra holiday calories off!
#3 Drink Water
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water helps you flush out toxins, helps to balance your alcohol intake and it often makes you feel full, so you can avoid overeating.
#4 Slow Down
There is a tendency to rush through the holidays. We get busy shopping for loved ones and planning family get-togethers. We often hurry through meals or worse yet, grab a quick bite at a drive-thru on our way to the next event. Stop! Take the time to sit down and eat without distraction and without rushing. You’ll feel better, and you will actually eat less food.
#5 Don’t deprive yourself
Practice mindful eating. Graze the buffet, just don’t take full portions. Have a small taste of those holiday treats but limit yourself to bite-sized portions and don’t go back for seconds. Enjoy the holiday offerings without all the guilt.
#6 Opt for the healthy alternatives
Go for the salad or fruit options. Meat and eggs offer protein and are more filling. Fill up on the nutritious, lean offerings and only sample the cheesy or sweet options.
If you fall off the healthy wagon just get right back on. Make up your mind to do better. Go back to the basics. Drink your water, go walking with a friend and eat a salad before heading out to celebrate New Years!