This past Monday, I attended a nutrition seminar offered at my gym and the topic was “survival tips” for the holiday season. While I don’t necessarily feel like I need “survival” tips – I don’t like the idea of trying to avoid certain things or diet during the yummiest time of the year – it doesn’t hurt to have a few healthy reminders. Here are a some of my favorites!
Know what a serving size is and try to stick with it. The plate method (using a small plate instead of a large one) is a good way to keep portions in check.
Have a healthy snack before going out to a holiday event and don’t “save up” calories throughout the day; don’t skip meals. An ideal snack has protein and healthy carbs.
Drink water throughout the day (I always need to work on this!). If you decide to drink at holiday events, stick with wine and beers, as opposed to mixed drinks.
Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, even if it’s just a quick walk outside. I try to plan out my workouts at the start of the week to minimize excuses.
Even if you overeat at one meal, don’t become discouraged. Start fresh at the next meal and try to make better choices.
I also received a recipe for flavorful bulgur salad, which I’m looking forward to trying out – and sharing – soon!
How do you stay healthy during the holidays?