We all know that it can be difficult to eat healthy around the holidays, as there seem to be a plethora of delectable treats at every turn. However, you can make holiday eating a lot healthier by following the guidelines below (and even still have some pumpkin pie).
- Eat slowly and start with vegetables. It can take your brain twenty minutes before it realizes you are full after you start eating. Beginning your meal with fiber-rich vegetables can take the edge off your appetite and help you avoid overeating. So be sure to make them a big part of the holiday meal.
- Choose lean protein. Lean proteins contain less saturated fat and will keep you full for longer. Some examples are skinless, boneless chicken, flank steak, and fish like salmon. Opting for fish such as salmon will provide omega 3 fatty acids, which are heart healthy.
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, always have it with some food to slow the absorption of alcohol. Remember that alcohol can lower inhibitions which could cause you to overeat. Try alternating alcoholic drinks with a glass of water to prevent dehydration.
- Have dessert, but in moderation. Limiting yourself to one helping of dessert after a meal will help to keep your calorie intake down while still enjoying a treat.
- Take a walk after your holiday meal. Exercise can help lower your blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain. Always try to get some exercise shortly after a big meal.
- Get more sleep! Poor sleep has been linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. You should strive to get 7-8 hours a night even during the busy holiday season.