Making Healthy Food Choices Over the Holidays

Everyone loves the holiday season, but the holidays are also known for breaking more diets than any other time of the year. The truth of the matter is, when faced with good company and a delicious table spread of (usually not particularly healthy) food, most people throw in the towel on their diets and overindulge.

To help you along the way, we’ve put together a Healthy Hibernation Guide that includes everything you need to know to stay healthy and fit this fall and winter. Here’s an excerpt on holiday eating from our Healthy Hibernation Guide:

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family. They also tend to coincide with large tables stacked with delicious food. The truth is, most people slip during the holidays and eat a little more than they’re used to.

Here are some strategies to utilize to eat healthier during the holidays and still enjoy yourself:

  1. Go into it ready to have fun.

Going into the holidays with dread about your diet is not the right approach at all. Holidays are few and far in between, and they should be enjoyed first and foremost.

  1. Eat mindfully.

It’s always a good idea to practice eating slowly and consciously so that you’re getting maximum enjoyment from the food you eat. Eating mindfully can  help you eat less because it gives your brain the chance to catch up and signal that you’re full earlier.

  1. Offset your holiday fun early, with exercise.

If you know your family cooks delicious food and you’ll want to indulge, you can start making up for that a couple of weeks early by throwing in 1 or 2 extra workouts per week. That way, by the time you get to the holiday, you don’t have to fret and can eat as much as you like.

  1. Make healthy choices at the holiday table.

Just because you want to try everything doesn’t mean you have to get uncomfortably full. This year, simply consider taking half of the portion you normally would of each food. You’ll still feel like you’re indulging, but you’ll feel better at the end of the day as well.

  1. Mind the alcohol.

One major source of calories that often gets ignored is alcohol. If you have 3 to 4 drinks at the average holiday celebration, that can easily be over 600 calories, and if these are mixed drinks with added sweeteners, as much as 1,000 calories.

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