Last year, 21.4% of all New Year’s resolutions were to eat healthier and/or lose weight. Ironically, the holiday just a few days prior to the dawn of 2018 will be one that includes indulging in large amounts of cookies, candies, and eggnog. Start planning for that 2018 weight loss by starting healthier habits during the holiday season, not after. Here are some ways to weigh in on healthier eating decisions.
Moderation: You can’t possibly tell grandma June that you’re not interested in her homemade sugar cookies. One cookie won’t kill you and it’ll make you (and grandma) happy. Just remember that one cookie means one cookie, not five.
Slow Down: Eat small bites, take the time to chew and enjoy, have a sip of water, repeat. This gives your brain time to realize “hey we’re eating” and then trigger “hey we’re getting full”. Shoveling in food quickly can leave you with that gut busting food coma leading to an unexpected 3 hour nap.
Pass the Veggies: Vegetables are packed with color and nutrition. That means not only will they beautify you holiday plate, but they’ll keep you full for a longer time. This means you’ll still be full and able to pass on the pie later that evening.
Pack Snacks: Just in case, throw some healthy low calorie high fiber snacks in your overnight bag. This is helpful if the only foods provided swim in grease or sugar. High fiber snacks will help you stay full for longer and resist the temptation of unhealthy options.
Exercise: Plenty of active opportunities will present themselves this holiday. The kids running up and down the sledding hill, caroling through the neighborhood, or even some snow shoeing before dawn. Take advantage of these fun opportunities to not only stay active but to spend precious time with your family too!
From all of us here at Friedrichs Eye, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!