Ready or not, the holiday season is here! Your days are probably going to be pretty full this week with planning, shopping, and preparation. This is a very happy time of the year for many, getting to gather with family and friends. Most of us will cook nice big meals and give thanks for all of our many blessings. But this jolly time of year can really impact your health and waistline. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy during the holiday season:
Three Quick Tips to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving:
- · Eat Walnuts: Eat a handful before your meal. They will help fill you up, and the antioxidants can improve your artery function and reduce inflammation.
- · Limit yourself to two alcoholic drinks: Alcohol removes your inhibitions, so if you drink before you eat, you’re going to overeat.
- · Sit down and chew your food: You will enjoy your food more if you chew it slowly.
Healthy Snacking Tips:
• Beware of foods loaded with butter and cheese: Steamed broccoli is healthy and low in fat, but when smothered in cheese and butter, it can pack an additional 215 calories and 16 grams of fat in just one cup!
• Watch out for salads: Leafy greens and salads seem like a healthy choice, but when loaded with high-fat, high-cholesterol cheeses and dressing, such as a Cobb salad, these verdant concoctions contain more than 1,000 calories and 71 grams of fat!
• Avoid saturated fats and fried foods: These are guaranteed to heavily increase the calorie count. Opt for baked options, rather than fried and reach for lean meats such as white turkey.
Beat-the-Bloat Tricks for Feeling Less Full:
- · Wear a watch: Keeping track of time and eating slower will help you notice when you’re getting full. Wait a couple minutes before returning for seconds – this will give your body the chance to digest food intake.
- · Drink Water: This may seem like a no-brainer, but drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you eat 20% few calories. If you feel bloated, have a glass of peppermint tea instead, which helps prevent the feeling of being extremely full.
What are some tips you can share that will help us not overdue it during the holiday meals?