Holiday Eating – Tips And Tricks That Really Work
My most powerful holiday survival tips are aimed at taking the edge of your appetite, which will return the power to you and give you the willpower you need when facing the temptation of the edible delights of the season.
When you are not feeling hungry you will have far more control.
Implement as many of these strategies as you can!
- Ditch the granny pants. Loose-fitting clothes make it easier to overeat. Wear form-fitting clothes, they will quickly let you know you’re overdoing things.
- Think about the people, not the food. Concentrate on socializing, making new acquaintances and having fun. Spend time conversing with relatives or reminiscing with old friends. Think about what you are celebrating, not just about how great the food is!
- You can only consume a certain amount of calories in a day before there is an undesired effect. Allot your calories to food, not to sugary drinks.
- Some foods are only enjoyed at this time of year. Pick a few of your most favorite holiday foods and thoroughly enjoy them! Avoid the guilty pleasures you can have any old time, you know, the chocolate and the chips. Instead choose your ultimate holiday favorites… rum-drenched fruitcake anyone!?!
- Salt will increase your sugar cravings. Pass on the salt to give yourself a better chance of controlling the desire for sweet treats. When you have excess salt you’ll crave sugar; and then, when you have excess sugar you will crave salt. What a viscous cycle.
- When going to a party, take one of your favorite healthy dishes to share. Your hostess will be thrilled you’ve brought something along, and others will likely be thankful for the healthy option.
- Before you head out the door, have a nibble of cheese (lactose issues aside) or a small handful of nuts and seeds. The healthy fat content of these foods will make your tummy and brain feel full. Taking the edge off.
- Eat slowly and mindful – put your knife and fork down between bites and chew well. Talk between bites of food, your meal will last longer. As a result you’ll feel full but not over-full, and far more satisfied than if you snorfed your food.
- It’s fun to share, so split a dessert with someone. You’ll be sharing in the calories too.
- Stick to your supplement regime, especially those specifically suggested by your health professional. They have carefully been chosen support your health on a day-to-day basis, the need will be amplified during this, the highest stress season.
14 Clever Christmas Food Swaps
- salsa or hummus … instead of …. cream dips
- yogurt-based dips … instead of …. of sour cream or mayo-based
- veggies as a delivery system for dips, … instead of …. of crackers
- shrimp cocktail … instead of …. cheese & crackers
- nuts … instead of …. potato chips
- raw nuts … instead of …. salted
- broth soups … instead of …. cream-based
- roasted or steamed veggie dishes … instead of …. cheese-covered casseroles
- roasted potatoes … instead of …. mashed
- exchange some of the roasted veggies on your plate for a bit of salad
- rice … instead of …. bread in your holiday stuffing
- fruit … instead of …. sugary sweet treats
- truffle or two … instead of …. an entire piece of cake
- sparkling cider or a wine spritzer … instead of … eggnog.