I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! The holidays are right around the corner. Tis’ the season for colder weather, warmer clothes, fun times with family and friends, and lots of good food! Don’t let the holidays derail your health or weight goals.
Follow these Healthy Holiday Tips to enjoy the holidays without the guilt!
General rule of thumb: Drink at least half of your body weight (lb.) in ounces of water per day. Ex: 150 lb. person needs to drink at minimum 75 oz. of water per day. About 20% of water intake comes from food sources (namely fruits and veggies!). Keep alcohol intake to a minimum (no more than 1-2 drinks per day). Alcohol causes dehydration and can lead to poor food choices.
Start Every Day with Breakfast
Eating breakfast has been shown to have numerous benefits on health and weight. Starting the day off with a well-balanced breakfast that includes a complex carbohydrate, a quality protein source, a healthy fat and a fruit or vegetable (aim for at least 3 of these) will keep you from ravenously eating later on in the day. Eating breakfast within 1 hour of waking up is ideal. This jump starts your metabolism, gives your brain the energy it needs to focus, and gets your day off to a healthy start.
Eat Your Veggies
Eating vegetables will help you maintain adequate hydration status but will also provide vital nutrients and help you feel full longer. This can help you to not overdo it on some of the unhealthier holiday food dishes.
Don’t Deprive Yourself (Everything in Moderation)
The holidays are a time to celebrate! If you love your grandma’s sweet potato pie and you only get it once a year, then have some! Just don’t eat the whole thing (at least not in one sitting). Trying to restrain from eating anything unhealthy is going to cause stress, guilt, and may lead to binge eating if you restrict too long.
Fill Up on Healthful Foods
Don’t avoid the healthy foods (whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables) in order to save room for excess splurging on the holiday treats. Eating well-balanced meals and snacks will help you feel full and energized and you will be less likely to indulge in the less healthy holiday treats.
If possible, get a workout in in the morning. This will jump start your metabolism and get you feeling good so you are less likely to overdo it on the holiday treats. If you have a busy day of holiday get togethers, it can be difficult to squeeze in a workout later in the day. Getting it done in the morning will start your day off right so you are ready to endure the holiday chaos.
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