In 6 Simple Tips To Stay Healthy Through The Holidays, I gave you tips on surviving the holiday season without gaining weight, or stressing out. In this blog post, I want to share some tips to help you through your celebration (feasting) day.
I always look forward to the holidays but I know that they can be a little overwhelming and overindulgent. I hope these diet tips will give you some ideas on staying healthy and avoiding weight gain on the big feasting day so that you can wake up the day after, feeling good and look forward to the coming year.
- First and foremost: Eat breakfast. I know a lot of people will go all day without eating so that they can gorge during feast time. But this is a set up for misery. Eating a healthy breakfast consisting of protein and fats will set the tone for your day. This will provide you with energy, kick start your metabolism for the day, and keep your blood sugar steady.
- Bring a healthy dish that you love to eat.
- Drink lemon water before meals and make sure you are drinking
- Graze on veggies and other healthy foods through the day so that you are not tempted to over eat at meal time.
- Use a small plate rather than filling up large piles of food. Take small portions of each item.
- Start with soups and salads. This will help fill you up so you are less likely to overeat foods that are likely to pack on the pounds such as stuffing and casseroles.
- Put your fork down each time you take a bite and ensure you chew your food completely. Research shows that it takes the average person 20 minutes before the brain registers its full. If you eat quickly you may overeat before the brain realizes it is full. Eating slowly will help digestion and will ensure you do not overeat.
- Focus on the proteins and veggies and leave the starchy foods for last.
- Swap out the creamy, calorie-laden, starchy mashed potatoes with mock mashed
- Make desserts with natural sugars such as maple syrup and honey rather than processed white sugar.
- Have a small amount of dessert. If there are multiple desserts take a sliver of each.
- Instead of hovering around the kitchen eating food all day, plan games or outdoor activities with your family to get some exercise and to get away from the kitchen.
- Focus on quality not quantity. Place more focus on setting the table and creating a beautiful atmosphere.
- Run a feed-the-hungry holiday 5k the morning before your feast. This will make you feel good about raising money for charity and getting a good exercise before having your big meal. You are less likely to overindulge in sugar after the race.
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you are going to drink alcohol, make sure that you have 1-2 glasses of water in between each alcoholic beverage. You can also swap out the usual high calorie beverage for a healthier sparkling natural fruit mocktail.
- If you are watching the game or the parade, take exercise commercial breaks. Each time the commercials starts, get up, stretch and indulge.
- Take digestive
- Wear form fitting clothes. You are less likely to overeat when you can see yourself spilling out of your clothes.
- Hit the Black Friday sales. This will prevent you from overindulging in alcohol so that you can bring your A game to the shopping field. It will also get you moving and keep you active the next day.
And finally, get rid of the all or nothing mindset. Its ok to indulge a little but you do not have to throw everything out the window and regret it later. Everything should be in moderation. It is ok to indulge in desserts but by having these things in moderation you will satisfy your desire for these foods without feeling guilty the next day.
You can have your cake and eat it too – just don’t eat the whole cake.
Wishing you all a safe, happy, healthy holiday from “The Gut Healer” team.