Is it possible to enjoy the traditional holiday meals and still eat healthy? Most of us have embedded warm and wonderful memories associated with the delicious tastes and smells of the holidays. It can be challenging when you’re bombarded with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie, and homemade rolls to stay disciplined and deliberately healthy in making your eating choices.
Denying yourself with your favorite holiday foods isn’t necessarily the best answer, but neither is finding yourself in a food coma, feeling bloated and tired. You can still enjoy yourself but the important thing is to stay mindful and appreciate the food you’re eating. When you do decide to splurge make sure it’s worth every calorie and it’s something you’re really looking forward to. Often when we’re in the holiday social mode, we eat something that tastes so-so just because it’s there. If we really think about the choice, it may not be worth the excess calories.
Try to load up on healthy foods and fill your plate with healthiest choices. Fill your plate with fresh cooked vegetables, lean turkey, and small servings of the things you want to taste. Have a small serving of pumpkin pie and other high calorie, sugar laden dishes.
Here are some quick holiday dinner tips:
- Watch your portion sizes. Fill your plate with fruits and veggies.
- Don’t try to diet during the holidays. Instead, focus on maintaining your current weight. Now is not the best time to start a diet.
- Eat something healthy and filling before the holiday meal (apple, orange, something high in fiber).
- Be mindful how many times you reload your plate. Go for extra salad and green beans if you’re still hungry.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Drink sparkling water with flavored stevia for a sparkling, sweet beverage.
- Focus more on the company you are enjoying than you do on the food you could be consuming (if you weren’t being mindful).
- Focus on some funny jokes, stories, or memories you could share.
- Stick to your exercise routine. If the gym is closed, take a walk with family and friends!
Remember, your main focus should be on family and friends. Not on how much food you can consume! Most of all the holidays should be a time for you to feel thankful and appreciative for every good thing in your life. Reflecting on those things will create a feast of happiness for you to enjoy!
Have a healthy, Skinny Life, Holiday Season!