Tips To Stay Healthy During Holiday Meals & Parties
The holidays are just around the corner, and that means singing carols, giving gifts, and eating copious amounts of fat and sugar! While it can feel perfectly fine and fun to be decadent over the holidays, before you know it, January first rolls around and you’ve put on 10 extra pounds.
If you have been trying to eat right and are nervous about upcoming holiday meals with family and friends or office parties, here are some tips to help you stay on track:
Eat Before You Go
You know how you’re never supposed to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? The same can be said for attending holiday parties and meals.
Be sure to eat a small meal before heading out, and make sure it contains plenty of protein and healthy fats. A quick and healthy meal could be half a turkey sandwich with avocado. You’ll feel full and satiated for hours.
We often feel hungry when actually we’re dehydrated. And it can become easy to get dehydrated during the holidays when you’re running around shopping and decorating, etc. Be sure to drink enough water each day. A small to medium glass with each meal should do the trick! If it is hard for you to drink water, look into getting a fun or easy to use water bottle.
Bring a Healthy Dish
If you’ve been invited to a holiday meal or party and have been asked to bring something, go ahead and bring a healthy dish. This way, if there are no other foods there that are going to help you stick to your eating plan, you can dig into your own food!
Commit To Yourself
It is very okay to have boundaries. Do not feel pressured to eat something unhealthy just because a loved one is pressuring you to “live it up.” If you find yourself in a situation where your 98-year-old grandma feels hurt that you won’t have any of her famous pecan pie, tell her you are stuffed but you’ll be happy to take a slice home, then give that slice to your significant other, or a neighbor.
Sure, traditionally the holidays have been a time to live a little and be decadent. But if you’re someone who has a hard time cheating “just a little,” then use these tips to stay on track with your health goals.
Add Instead of Subtract
Rather than trying to “eat less” as dieting culture often suggests, try adding good items to your plate and diet. Consider making sure there are five colors on your plate or start off your day with a health smoothie. Oftentimes, when we feel deprived we get into unhealthy patterns of eating. Confirming you have a vegetable at every meal and then if you still feel hungry, have a treat. The mindset shifts from deprivation to taking care of ourselves and our bodies.
Watch Self Talk
If you have an unhealthy relationship with food, that likely starts with how you talk to yourself. When you start with self compassion and kindness of taking care of your body and yourself, it can be easier to make healthy choices. That includes taking all the tips listed above and introducing them to be loving to yourself rather than trying to force yourself.