02 Dec Avoid Overeating During the Holidays With a Few Simple Steps
No matter how healthy we eat during the rest of the year, the holidays tend to be the exception to the rule. With holiday cheer comes a lot of calories, sugar, and unhealthy fat consumption.
The good news is, that you don’t have to deprive yourself of the foods typically associated with this time of year. Rather, there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your body stays in optimal health during the holidays and all year long.
- Avoid over-eating. Eat small, healthy snacks during the day, so that when it is time for your main meals, you can eat smaller portions and still feel satisfied.
- Choose larger portions of vegetables, fruits, and grains while taking smaller portions of fatty and sugary foods.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas to keep your body functioning optimally. A nice cup of herbal tea is also a great replacement for a high calorie snack.
- Take a walk after a heavy meal. Current studies are showing that even a 20 minute jaunt can help to keep blood sugar levels from spiking.
- Learn to recognize the difference between being hungry and being bored. Often times we tend to confuse the two and eat out of boredom. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, read a book, play with the family pet…all simple ideas to keep your mind busy and away from the pantry.
- Try and take some time to yourself. The holidays can be very stressful which can lead to overeating. A simple 5 minute meditation, a quick run around the block, or a nice bubble bath are all ways to practice self-care and relieve stress.
These are just a few, simple ways to stay mindful about our bodies and how much we are eating over the holidays. Here’s to good health and good cheer!