The holidays are here again, and so are our tips to eat healthy during the holidays. ‘Tis the season for friends, family, and feasting!
How do you enjoy the festivities without undoing the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to maintain all year?
It’s easier than you might think! With a little planning and preparation, you can savor the holiday season without guilt — and without breaking out your stretchy pants.
Here are 5 tips to eat healthy during the holidays without feeling like you’re missing out:
Stick to your 3 Steps in the Morning
Stay true to your daily THRIVE Experience regimen! A healthy breakfast is an essential part of everyone’s morning routine. Eating a healthy morning meal (like a lifestyle shake or an omelet packed with hearty veggies) along with Step 1 and Step 3 of the THRIVE Experience gives you the fuel you need to start the day, and it also sets the tone for the rest of your daily meals. People who tend to skip breakfast or hit the drive-thru on their way to work also tend to gravitate towards unhealthy lunch and dinner choices. In the long run, this can sabotage your holiday health goals, especially if you’re managing your weight.
Don’t skip meals leading up to a holiday party to save calories — it can backfire and lead to overindulgence. Instead, eat a healthy snack before you head out to an event so you don’t make a beeline for the food when you get there! Your best bet is to choose foods that are high in protein, fiber, or complex carbohydrates that will help you feel full, like apple slices with peanut butter, a turkey roll-up, or hummus and pita bread. Then you won’t be tempted to overdo it on high-calorie holiday treats.
Beware liquid calories
For lots of people, no holiday party is complete without a festive cocktail. But watch out: one glass of eggnog can set you back 400 calories or more! So take it easy on the booze this season, and follow the one-to-one rule — drink one glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you consume. Plus, staying hydrated will prevent you from overeating.
Skip the stuffing
Unless stuffing is your favorite thing, that is! What we mean by “skip the stuffing” is pass on filler foods — dishes that aren’t really special. Instead, spend those calories on the things you’ve been looking forward to since Halloween. Sure, mashed potatoes are amazing, but you can have those any time! Fill your plate with foods that only tend to come out at the holidays and are worth the indulgence — things like your granny’s sweet potato pie or your sister’s snickerdoodles. And savor every last bite!
Get a move on
Between traveling, parties, and visiting family, sticking to a workout schedule during the holidays can be a challenge. You may not make it to the gym as often as you’d like, and that’s okay. Remember that something is better than nothing! When shopping, park in the farthest row from the entrance to get in a few extra steps, and take the stairs instead of the escalator. Even better, make exercise a fun family activity — take a walk after dinner or set up a game of touch football.
Don’t be a Grinch
There’s no reason to hate on the holidays. A plan and a positive attitude are all you need to eat healthy throughout the season while enjoying the festivities with family and friends. And above all else, be kind to yourself. If you eat one (or eight) too many gingersnaps, don’t beat yourself up! Just move on and get back on track the following day.
Happy holidays, THRIVERS!