For most, the holiday season is a time spent with family and friends, stretched out over the course of one to two months, with most weekends (and some weeknights) filled with indulgent dinners and nights out on the town. A question that I get a lot this time of year is “how do you attend all of these events without overdoing it and gaining weight by the end of December?” My answer is simple – everything in moderation. You can enjoy the delicious foods of the holiday AND still fit into your jeans at the end of the day.
A few of my go to tips for surviving the holidays (and maintaining my waistline) include:
Staying active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym a specific number of times each week. It can be as simple as parking in the back of a parking lot as opposed to up close, doing yard work, or even cleaning the house. The key is to make sure that you’re not sitting for extended periods of time.
Use a Plate
It’s popular these days to host a cocktail party – hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a lot of standing and even more mingling – which means it’s the perfect opportunity to graze and pick off of the food tables. Try grabbing a plate and filling it up (don’t skimp on the veggies!). If possible, sit down at a table with your plate so you can focus on your food and keep track of what you’re eating.
Maintain Your Normal Eating Habits
A lot of people restrict what they eat before the holidays and then overeat when the holidays arrive. Instead, maintain your normal eating habits and eat mindfully, including the day of your holiday get together so that you don’t feel deprived and go on an “eat all the things” binge.
Mind Your Bites
Slow down and actually taste each bite that you take. Chances are you don’t eat year round like you do at the holidays, so savor each bite and enjoy the smells, tastes, and textures of the season. Taking this approach can lead to feeling satisfied without overdoing it.
What are your top tips for surviving the holiday season without your waistline expanding?