Is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on kilograms? During the holidays, it can seem like hearty, flavorful meals and healthy dishes exist in different spheres. If you’re craving traditional Christmas dishes like roast potatoes, rice, chicken and coleslaw you’ve got to put your diet on hold, and if you want to be healthy it means forgoing favorites and opting for salad. Spending the holidays without these main staple dishes can be hard. And no doubt you’ll put on a pound or two by New Year’s Day. But you don’t have to fall into this trap. It is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single kilogram. Of course, it’s not easy to go on portion patrol when the temptations are endless. That’s why we at Expose compiled these tips to help you avoid overindulging.
Divert Your Attention
Many people forget that there’s more to a holiday party than food. Don’t look at the party as just a food event. This is the time to enjoy your friends’ company and family that you hadn’t seen all year or dancing to the celebratory music playing. Shift your focus onto something else other than food. Chatting is a great diversion, whether you’re at a small family dinner or a large party. Take your mind off of food and focus on the conversation.
Many people tend to let loose this time of year and dip into holiday spirits. While a single drink can be a modest indulgence, having two or more can be like eating an extra dinner. (A glass of wine is 125 calories, an old fashioned is 180 and a White Russian is 270!) Slow your pace by alternating a cocktail with a glass of water.
Sneak in Exercise
The holidays are a busy time, for sure. But rather than throw your exercise routine out the window, or tell yourself you’ll start one in January, focus on staying active in simple ways. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long class or even a half-hour jog. Instead, find little ways to stay moving, like going for a quick walk when visiting relatives kumusha. Also, try to plan family time around active get-togethers, like a walk around the neighborhood or a hike in the woods or Game Park.
Plan Healthy Eats
Rather than focus on the specific holiday meals that are sure to have a high calorie toll, think about your overall eating patterns during the season. How you eat every day sets the trend for your weight and health, so make healthy choices when and where you have more control, like at home and at work.
Limit ‘Tastes’ While Cooking
If you do a lot of cooking during the holidays, crack down on all those “tastes.” People lose their appetites when they’ve been cooking because they’ve been eating the whole time. Instead of tasting mindlessly every few minutes, limit yourself to two small bites of each item pre- and post-seasoning. Just put the spoon in and taste a little bit. It’s not grounds for a big scoop. For those tried-and-true recipes, dare yourself not to taste the dish at all until it is served.
Keep calm and kick cravings
Stressed by the sight of that holiday food? Take deep breaths before you grab a plate. Research suggests that people who practice stress reduction techniques are able to prevent weight gain and giving into temptation. Close your eyes and focus on reaching 30 seconds breathing slowly. Then re-evaluate whether you really want to fill your plate; chances are you don’t.