During the festive season, it can be difficult to stick to your diet and continue to eat healthily, everyone struggles with the temptation of chocolate and Christmas cookies, but there are ways to still enjoy the festive foods and not completely throw your goals out of the window!
- Consider healthy alternatives
When you are hosting a Christmas party, you have the control over what kinds of food are served. Most traditional “festive” food are super-duper calorie dense, but they can be turned into healthier versions with a few little changes.
For example, removing the skin from the turkey or chicken, even if you do this for your piece of poultry only. If you have been asked to provide dessert, simply replace the sugar in the recipe with a sweetener replacement like xylitol, stevia or erythritol, it will taste the same and reduce the calories drastically!
Try and choose side dishes that consist of veggies, fruits and a small amount or potato or rice! This will create a balanced meal of carbs, protein and greens!
- A pre-party meal
It’s very likely that you’ll be faced with all kinds of temptation when you are eating out or if others have cooked some of the meal.
If you arrive at the party, hungry, this will make resisting delicious treats even more difficult. So, fill yourself up a little with vegetable or lean meat before parties or gatherings. It will make it easier for you to control what you eat for the night.
- Stay hydrated
One of the easiest tricks to beat holiday binge is to have a glass of water at hand anytime anywhere you go. Yes, water, not coke or juice or beer.
Our mind is tricky. Sometimes it confuses the signal of thirst with hunger. If you are feeling hungry, sometimes you’re thirsty.
Before reaching for chocolate bars or fries, drink a glass of water and decide if the hunger stays. If you don’t like the plain taste of water, try adding some L-carnitine or Amino Burn for a refreshing mocktail.
- Smaller plate
One thing that makes healthy holiday eating so difficult is the way we consume the food. At family dinner or party, most of us are talking, having fun while eating our food on the plate. We tend to eat more than we need when we are distracted.
Having a smaller plate to place your food will make portion control easier. Also fill your plate with vegetables and good protein first to curb your appetite.
- Try your best to avoid alcohol
Alcohol cripples your will power, and also add excess calories to your diet.
If you are having a few drinks, try to stick to single servings of red wine, whiskey and vodka and mix your drinks with low calorie, sugar free mixes like sparkling water, sugar free iced tea etc.
- Beat stress or boredom with hobbies or healthy habits
Holidays can be chaotic. Gift shopping, seeing the whole family, holiday planning and sometimes just being at home can get a bit bored when you are used to being on the go all the time.
If this time puts you through stress or brings some boredom and you tend to turn to food for comfort, rather make a list of your favourite hobbies and spend this time crafting, gardening, reading, tanning or even learning a new skill!