Holiday Eating Tips!
It’s that time of the year again! We are entering into the last few weeks of 2022, and with that comes many reasons to celebrate! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and all of the parties and family gatherings in between- there is a lot going on.
It can be easy in the midst of all of the excitement to get carried away with the festivities and lose sight of fitness and nutrition goals. However, it is completely possible to stay on track with your goals during the Holidays while also not missing out of the fun of celebrating.
Here are 5 tips to staying on track during the holiday season!
1: Keep your steps up!
Whether you track your steps and physical activity level or not, staying moving is key around the holidays! The more steps and movement you get in during the day, the more energy you’ll have and the more calories your body will be burning at rest!
Go for a 30 minute walk in the morning before the festivities start!
2: Don’t skip meals earlier in the day on Holidays
It’s a common misconception that it’s a good idea to skip meals earlier in the day before a big meal. This is a myth and generally does not help us in controlling how much we consume! If you go into a meal starving, you are far more likely to over indulge than if you were to eat a few smaller healthy meals leading up to the big meal. Focus on getting in clean, satiating foods early in the day so that you go into the big meal at a neutral hunger level and avoid overindulging.
Have a solid breakfast on the morning of a big celebration!
3: Eat your veggies first!
Vegetables are going to be the biggest bang for your buck as far as how much you can consume without going crazy in calories. Fill up half of your plate with non starchy veggies and consume those before you go for the stuffing and mashed potatoes!
4: Wait 30 minutes before going back for seconds!
Your body can take up to 20 minutes to process fullness levels while consuming food. That means that if you’re eating at a rapid speed, your body likely won’t register that it’s full until well after you’ve overeaten and hit that uncomfortable fullness level.
Practical step: Wait 30 minutes before going for a second round of food!
5: Get right back on track!
One bad meal does not have to mean that the entire day is ruined! If you’re celebrating with family and friends, celebrate with a fun meal or time out! It’s important though that after that meal or outing you get right back to your healthy eating. Balance and moderation is an important thing to hold, especially during this time of the year. Focus on one meal at a time, and try to maintain the 80/20 rule as much as you can!
Practical tip: 80% healthy and 20% lenient!