It’s tough to stay healthy during the holidays surrounded by tempting treats that your friends and family want you to enjoy. Here are some tips to help you stay in control during all the parties this hectic holiday season brings.
- Don’t leave the house on an empty stomach or risk overeating.
- Stay clear of the food table at parties – make mingling a top priority. Conversations will keep you occupied and away from the treats.
- Watch your alcohol intake since it increases hunger and decreases willpower.
- Listen to your stomach. Reduce your portion sizes and stop eating when you feel satisfied, rather than stuffed
COOKING AND BAKING
- Offer to host holiday parties at your place and use that to your advantage. You get to control what is served and the ingredients.
- Replace high-fat or calorie laden ingredients with healthy choices.
- Resist the urge to snack and sample as you cook.
- Preparing foods when you have a full stomach will help reduce your temptation to taste.
COCKTAILS AND BEVERAGES
- Agree upon a designated driver before you leave for the holiday party.
- Personal tolerance varies but limit yourself to one drink per hour. A “drink” is a 12 ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor in a mixed drink.
- Some mixed drinks have as many calories as dessert. Try mixing spirits with club soda, diet soda or tonic when possible.
- Drink water or seltzer between alcoholic drinks – try water with lemon or non-caffeinated soft drinks.
All of us at The Flanders Group wish you and yours a joyous (and healthy) holiday season. For more information about staying healthy all year-long, call us at 800-462-6435.