by Morgan Robbins, RD, LD at LMC
The holiday season is upon us and with that comes food, parties and more food. According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans gain around one pound during the holiday season. While one pound may not seem like much, it will add up over time. Don’t let the temptation to overindulge throw you off track during the holidays! Here are some tips to enjoy the season to the fullest while being mindful of your waistline.
1. Plan Ahead– If you’re going to a holiday party and you know there will be treats, plan on eating an extra healthy breakfast and lunch that day. Focus on vegetables and whole grains to help you feel full and skip any treats during the day to account for the goodies you’ll have at night.
2. Exercise– If you’re exercising regularly then great! The holidays tend to be busy, but make it a part to keep up with your exercise routine. The endorphins released during exercise will help empower you to make better choices. Not exercising? Now is the perfect time to start!
4. Mindless Eating– Don’t waste your calories on things you don’t truly enjoy, skip the snacks and focus on foods you love and don’t get the opportunity to have everyday.
5. Portions– All foods should fit into a healthy diet, just be mindful of the amount. Take small servings of not-so-healthy items and really check-in with yourself before going back for seconds. Give yourself time to assess if you really want to take a second serving and how you’ll feel after doing so.
6. All it takes is One Good Party– Leaving a party after eating well and still enjoying yourself is an empowering feeling, the next outing you have may be a bit easier to face knowing you can still eat healthy while at a holiday function.
7. Remember Alcohol– Yes, it has calories. The average calories in a beer are 153, 125 for a glass of wine and 168 for a margarita. That’s about 35 minutes of walking at a brisk pace to burn off just one drink!