How NOT to pile on the pounds this holiday season

Anna Cortesi Blog

From the word go, the Holiday season seems to provide a plethora of reasons to eat unhealthy. Typically during this time of year our eating habits include foods and drinks that are so delicious, yet carry negative effects.
So I thought how could someone have a fun Holiday season, and still fit in their clothes that they wore during pre-season. Below are 10 that could possibly help you reach that goal, but if you take heed you will survive another year without moving to the next waist size. Enjoy the season.

1. First things first, don’t even think about dieting during the holiday season. That is, don’t start a new diet. Your biggest goal during our most favorite season is to maintain your weight. This way you can partake in your favorite beverage and snacks without any guilt.
2. Another good way to avoid packin’ on the pudge is to stay seated (..or walk the dog – even better), and far away from the food table.
3. Something simple and delicious. I would recommend bringing a light dip with either multigrain or wheat bread, so you have something that is somewhat healthy to munch on.
4. The beverages tend to be loaded with calories during this time of year, so be wise in your selection. If you must have a mixed drink, try something like a clear liquor and diet soda, a light or ultra light beer, or a nice glass of wine. I know wine doesn’t scream manly, but it is an alternative. Remember this shouldn’t be painful, just well thought-out.
5.  The slower your intake, the better chance you will fit in your pair of jeans the following week(s).
6. Chase the kids, or take a walk, whatever it is, make sure you keep up on some type of activity other than couch coaching, and channel surfing. Winter time is hard enough for many people with the cold and darkness, so some activity will help you gain or maintain physical and mental acuity.
7. Eat at home before you head over a friend’s or family’s house. This should help prevent a complete submersion in to the food and drinks.
8. Ok. You cat some chicken wings, but not the entire chicken. I think that’s clear, and best of all it applies to all food! And anyway, who wants to get stains all over their brand new xmas dress?
9. If you have the chance to host festive dinner, stack the odds on your side by putting veggies, and light snacks out rather than the mac n cheese, burgers, fries and wings.
10. This rule applies all year long. Stay far and away from fast food joints. It may seem like a good idea while you’re at the table, but we all know it’s not filling, you always end up wanting more.

 

Best of Health,

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