With Winter nearing, it’s becoming more apparent than ever how close the Holidays really are. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then the New Year, right around the corner, it isn’t looking too good for our waistlines. But hey, Grandma’s cooking IS the best right?
As tempting as it may be to steal a snickers bar from your kids candy bag, don’t give up just yet because there are MANY ways to stay Healthy and enjoy your Grandma’s famous casserole! (Okay, maybe skip on that one).
Here on we will discuss how you can hack your Holiday and keep it waistline friendly! 🙂
1. Stick to Water!
Now as tempting as it is to grab a soda or have a beer with the guys, you have to remember that these are both just empty calories. While, it may be nice to kick back and relax, it can be quite harmful especially if you are trying to maintain your figure.
Stick to water, it will help with your digestion, keep you hydrated, and allow you to enjoy your meal without having to worry about calories and/or sugars that you’ve already consumed from your beverage.
2. EAT SLOWLY
When everything is all said and done, it is really easy to stuff your face as fast as possible and not even think about the consequences. When eating fast, it can cause your insulin to spike, and it can also make you feel less full, therefore leading to overeating.
Eating slowly will allow enough time for your digestive juices to get flowing and so you’ll feel more full, preventing overeating. Eating slower can actually boost digestion and lead to more satisfaction after meals!
3. Grab a Smaller Plate
Grabbing the largest plate and filling it full with food may seem tempting at the time, but this can quickly lead eating too fast and overeating! Bigger portion sizes will make us want to finish everything, and even when we are full, we will continue eating to finish what is on our plate.
It is important to eat smaller portion sizes, this will lead to eating more slowly, therefore savoring your food, leading to better digestion, and a much happier gut!
While it may seem super obvious, most of us tend to lounge around watching “Christmas Vacation” and forget about our routines during the Holidays. But it is very important that we stay dedicated to our workouts.
If we did happen to overeat or indulge in some things that we maybe shouldn’t have(like that pumpkin pie…hmmm?), Exercise will help our digestion and get us re-energized, while also maybe burning off a bit of those excess calories.
5. Get Rid of the “Now or Never” Mindset
When all of that tasty food is sitting right in front of us, we like to tell ourselves that if we don’t indulge now then we’ll miss out. But this is definitely NOT the case. Holiday food is generally glorified just because it’s the Holiday. You need to remind yourself that if you truly want stuffing or pecan pie, you can have it any time of the year, regardless of Holidays.
It is not worth going to bed with a stomach ache and waking up with an extra inch on your stomach. Choose what you eat wisely, eat the right amount of food, and you should be okay!
You’ve done it! Now you know how you can protect yourself from that extra 5lb during the Holidays. Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festivities, it is just important to know your limits and set yourself up for success that way you can enjoy everything to the fullest!