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7 Tips to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

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Posted on December 15 2017

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas. Shopping malls are jampacked, vacations are in order, food and drinks are everywhere! Let's face it; some of the highlights during the holidays are the gatherings with loved ones and friends. Gatherings are meant to be enjoyed with everyone's favourite holiday treats such as pies, pudding, pavlova, prawns, Christmas ham, and so much more (I'm getting hungry)! All of which can be found at every turn when attending celebrations. So it's safe to say that even though this season could be considered as one of the happiest, it is also one of the toughest in terms of maintaining your weight and healthy diet.

This article will tackle the most effective healthy eating tips for the holidays so you can enjoy the bounty of treats without the guilt.

Never skip meals.

Eating well during the holidays should start with a good breakfast and then followed by light and healthy meals during the day. If you got invited to a dinner or a party, make sure to eat something light a few hours before going to the event. This is especially important because most of us will tend to limit our calorie intake so we can splurge on that special meal later on, but the thing we don't realise is that it can actually backfire. If you go through the day skipping on meals, chances are, you will be so hungry that you will end up overeating. A great trick is to grab a filling meal that includes both protein and fiber.

Choose what you eat.

Treat this one as your healthy eating plan which is especially applicable during this season. When food is being served, make sure to peruse the options first before digging in. You can indulge, but choose the dishes that are only prepared on these occasions and don't forget to limit the portions. Don't skimp on fresh salads and fruits since these can help you feel full, thus avoiding overeating.

Limit liquid calories.

It's pretty challenging to keep your liquid calories in check during festive times. To help you with that, make sure to alternate your sweetened and/or alcoholic beverages with water. Keep in mind, to avoid going overboard on calories, you need to stay hydrated. Can't turn down those cocktails? Choose a drink that you can sip slowly such as bourbon or a fine wine. A great low-calorie drink though is a mix of vodka, lime, and seltzer water.

Be prepared.

Real talk? It's so difficult to eat healthy during this season if we think about all the temptations! If you are attending a potluck, ensure to bring a low-calorie dish so that you have a healthier option when everything on the table isn't. A great idea would be a platter of vegetables or fruits, black bean dip, air-popped popcorn, or hummus.

"Out of sight, out of mind."

This one is a personal favourite healthy holiday tip. Whether it is a leftover fruitcake, mac and cheese, or gingerbread, when a food is in front of you, it makes you more likely to eat it. By all means, make sure to place food in their proper containers and put them somewhere out of your sight.

Exercise and stay active.

There's something about the holidays that make you feel lazy. This gives you all the more reasons not to go lax on exercise. When spending time with your family and friends, try to incorporate activities such as frisbee or cricket. Jog during the morning or go for a walk during the afternoon. A 15-minute exercise routine every day can go a long way in terms of your goals to stay healthy.

Listen to your body.

Are you truly hungry? If not, then do yourself a favour and avoid those second helpings. Pay attention to your body and listen to hunger cues. Eat slowly. People who eat fast are more likely to gain weight than those who savour and take their time eating.

Everyone is gearing up towards this year’s holiday season. Join in, enjoy, make the most out of it with your family and friends, but never ever compromise your health. Follow these healthy eating tips for the holidays and you wouldn't have to sulk over an increased waistline as you welcome the new year.

What’s your diet plan during the holidays? Feel free to share them by commenting below.

Thanks for reading!