It seems that everything we do during the holiday season comes in excess—excess spending, excess drinking, excess eating. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves during the festivities—they only come around once a year after all. But overindulging during a feast usually comes with a side of guilt. Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of healthy holiday tips that will help you feel good physically and mentally come the new year.
Healthy Holiday Tips
Moderation is Key
You can have your apple pie and eat it too, as long as you keep portion control in mind. Eating healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the good things. As long as half your plate is made up of fruits and vegetables, the other half can have your holiday favorites. If you know the buffet won’t be serving any healthy alternatives, don’t be too shy to bring your own healthy dish. It can be your potluck contribution.
Take Your Time
When you have a row of your favorite holiday meals before you, it’s easy to eat and keep eating. However, eating fast and eating a lot isn’t good for your body. The key to not overeating is to slow down during meals. It takes time for your stomach to signal to your brain that it’s full, so you should take your time while eating. You’ll feel better at the end of dinner and find that there’s even room for dessert.
You might think it’s a good idea to skip meals during the day so you can enjoy yourself to the fullest at the holiday dinner. However, that’s the fastest route to overeating. Make sure you eat proper meals during the day and even have a snack before leaving your house for the night. Our naturally-flavored protein cake bars are healthy goodies that are perfect for munching on. With 20g of protein and 12g of fiber, they curb hunger long enough to help you slow down during the big dinner. Choose from a variety of flavors, like toasted s’ mores, blueberry cheesecake, as well as all-new pumpkin spice and caramel apple.
Drink to (and for) Your Health
If you’re at a Christmas party, but there’s no eggnog, is it even a Christmas party? Hearty holiday drinks like eggnog are full of sugar, alcohol, and bad calories that stay with you long after the party is over. Of course you have to have a glass of eggnog (frankly, it would be rude not to), but, again, moderation is key. Drink plenty of water between alcoholic drinks, so you don’t fall prey to “just one more glass.”
Dance the Night Away
You don’t have to wait until New Year’s to get your fitness on. Start your workout the very same night with some late-night dancing. Dancing is a fun way to burn off calories, and the best part is that it won’t even feel like exercise.
It takes a lot of control to curb your holiday cravings, but even a little can go a long way. Spend a healthy and hearty holiday season by following our healthy holiday tips. When you’re ready to get back in the thick of it, visit Truvy so we can help you achieve your New Year’s health and fitness goals.