SUGER, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE!
Or not so nice…It is that time of the year for joyful gatherings and all the festive feast-full events so here are our top tips on How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season! While collecting cheerful memories with loved ones is definitely the focal point, indulging in treats comes in as an integral part of the holidays. On the other hand, you can still enjoy this jolly time without depriving yourself and by just being MINDFUL.
So with no further ado, here are our top 10 tips so that you can make it through the holidays without making “to go on a diet” as your New Year’s resolution J
1. Decisions decisions… Choose your calories wisely, focus on only eating the foods you absolutely love and skip the foods you are not so fond of.
2. Food for thought: pace yourself! Did you know that it actually takes 20 minutes for your stomach’s fullness signal to get to your brain? Here are a few conversations starters from the Proust Questionnaire to throw at everyone between your servings…
What is your idea of perfect happiness? What is your greatest extravagance? What do you consider the most overrated virtue? On what occasion do you lie? Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Which talent would you most like to have? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Who is your hero of fiction?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
3. Party game plan: Step away from the buffet! Sounds silly really but it is preferable not to hang around the buffet; that should help you avoid mindlessly nibbling on snacks. We recommend the dance floor or hanging by the DJ booth!
4. Eat (breakfast) like a king: Most people try to skip breakfast and lunch to "save" all of their calories for dinner, however this typically leads to a headache and overeating. Instead, have balanced light meals and in case you have a heavy dinner, you could reduce your portion from one of the following day’s meals.
5. Snack more… Before leaving to a late party hungry, have a little filling snack that preferably combines complex carbohydrates with protein and unsaturated fat, like apple slices with peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese on whole-wheat pita bread.
6. and drink (water) like a fish!If you're going to drink, avoid alcohol on an empty stomach and keep in mind that it increases your appetite as well as diminishes your ability to control what you eat. For that reason, alternate between water and alcohol to minimize intake and stay hydrated. You can also reduce you alcohol calories by avoiding cocktails or liqueurs and by having wine or pure alcohol with ice cubes or sparkling water.
7. Half and half anyone? Make sure to fill up half your plate with veggies and eat them first to fill yourself.
8. Save the best for last: Fully enjoy your dessert by either choosing your favorite one or tasting a small sample of each.
9. Put on those dancing (or walking) shoes! This is one of the healthiest habits you can have during the holidays, especially after a big meal since it eases digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels. In addition, consider incorporating winter physical activities into your holiday schedule to get those muscles working.
10. It’s gonna be alright… If you eat more than you planned during this holiday season, to guilt yourself will not help. Rather, simply get back to your healthy eating habits and regular exercise plan as soon as you possibly can to balance it all out.
Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy New Year!