The holidays are a period where we tend to enjoy our favorite foods and indulge with the ones we love. This can become a problem as for many, the holiday season becomes an excuse to disregard healthy eating habits causing weight gain and inflammation that lasts into the winter and even spring months.
Much of the foods associated with the holiday season can be enjoyed all year round, so there is no reason to go overboard. It is not worth the unhealthy side effects that go beyond the season.
To have a healthier season, here are some tips you can follow:
Portion control – Not every meal has to be a feast.
Fruits and vegetables – Make them the biggest part of your holiday plate.
Eat slowly – Take your time eating and allow your body to take in the food and give you a chance to feel satisfied.
Stay hydrated – Drinking more water will help you curb thirst induced holiday pangs.
- Limit your alcohol intake – With all of the festivities occurring, you may find yourself in more social situations than usual where alcohol is present. Alcohol limits your self-control and causes a whole host of inflammatory issues.
Plan – Preparing healthy meals during the day can prevent wreckless eating focusing on high fiber and high protein.
Don’t deprive yourself – Ultimately, unless you are the type that finds abstaining from unhealthy food your best long-term strategy, enjoying 1 cookie in front of your friends and family is better than eating 10 cookies privately out of deprivation.
- Stay active – Whether it is getting to the gym 5 days a week or incorporating 20 minute walks into your daily routine, staying active will help with any extra calories consumed as well help you stay in a healthy mindset.
Remember, the holidays are a time for celebrating the relationships you have in your life, it is not a holiday centered around food. You can still enjoy your favorite meals in moderation and can be sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle.