As the holiday fun approaches, we often find ourselves off schedule, overindulging, and run down. However, with the right strategies, you can stay healthy and celebrate the holidays without feeling deprived. Here are some tips to get you off to a good start and keep off those extra 1-5 unwanted pounds this holiday season.
Boost your immunity: With so many more gatherings this time of year, it is important to boost your immunity to keep yourself healthy and strong. Consider immune-boosting supplements like Vitamin D and Vitamin C that give you an extra boost.
Snack before you go: It's smart to have a healthy snack before arriving at a holiday gathering. Coming hungry can lead to overeating and poor food choices. Having a pre-party snack as simple as carrots and hummus can curb your hunger and keep you from scooping second and third helpings onto your plate.
Keep portion sizes in mind: Sticking to healthy portion sizes keeps things in check. For example, a serving of meat or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand. Typically a handful represents a serving of starchy carbohydrates.
Choose indulgences wisely: We all have our favorite cookie we only make this time of year. You have waited all year for that flavor, so go for it but choose wisely where you want to indulge. Pick your favorite things to indulge in instead of overeating mindlessly.
Seek out the fruits and vegetables: Most gatherings will have a fruit and veggie tray. When filling your plate, start there before moving on to the heavier foods.
Pick your location wisely: Think about where you are going to stand at a party. When we stand by the food spread we tend to mindlessly pick a location where you are out of reach from mindless eating.
Sleep: It is a busier time of your year. We want to stay up later to get the gifts wrapped or cards sent, the food baked but not getting good sleep can have a whole slew of negative consequences on your health. Plan your time wisely, and don't skimp on sleep.
Cleanse: After an afternoon or evening of overindulgence, it's good to help your body get back on track. You can do things like drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning, staying away from inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, and sugar. Also, prioritizing rest and movement will help you feel better.