Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies to Stay Fit–and Still Have Fun

Cakes. Biscuits. Chocolate. Wine. Champagne.

Dublin AcupunctureThe holiday season is filled with good foods. You eat and drink with your friends and family to celebrate how much you care about them. But we all know that too much of a good thing is no longer good. Too many rich foods can lead to extra pounds, digestion upsets, mood swings and a generally “yucky” feeling.

It’s all about balance.

Good, healthy holiday eating can make the difference between an enjoyable holiday season and a miserable one. The trick is to enjoy treats without overdoing them. Make a healthy holiday eating strategy and plan to enjoy the holiday celebrations without feeling bad the next day.

Here are a few strategies to help you eat healthy over the Christmas Holidays

Strategy #1 Moderate

Decide on a moderate way to approach the treats that tempt you most.  Avoid big brash decisions like “I won’t have any holiday treats at all this year.” It’s easy to break unreasonable rules. Instead, make a moderate healthy holiday eating plan.

For example, if chocolate is your nemesis,  don’t mindlessly eat by keeping the box of chocolate beside you and at hand.  Allow yourself one or two and leave the box in another room.  Take your time to taste the chocolate so that you are aware that you are eating and how it tastes. This way you won’t feel deprived and you won’t overdo. Pick your battles to get maximum enjoyment with minimal deprivation.

Strategy #2 Substitute

fruit and nutsFind healthy alternatives for rich, high calorie food. Substitute nuts and fruits (both fresh and dried) for biscuits and sweets. Drink juice instead of fizzy drinks, and herbal tea instead of juice. During a meal, eat mostly vegetables instead of potatoes and stuffing.

 

 

Strategy #3 Avoid Hunger

The hungrier you are, the more likely you will binge on bad foods. Remember to eat breakfast. Eat a healthy meal before you go to a party. Start every big meal with hot soup. Fill up with healthy food so you don’t race to the bad stuff.

Strategy #4 Maintain Healthy Routines

Weight control over christmasDon’t stop your healthy habits just because it’s Christmas. Continue to drink lots of water and get enough sleep. Make time to exercise. Spend meaningful time with your family and friends. Take time to meditate or reflect. Get outside for a walk during the daytime hours. Maintain the healthy habits that you already have. When you feel good, you’ll be less inclined to eat foods that make you feel bad.

Strategy #5 Journal

Keep track of what you eat and how you’re feeling. Write about your stresses and emotional upsets and about the good times. Make a list of the great things that have happened in the previous year. Keeping a journal will give you a non-eating outlet for stress, and remind yourself how good it feels to be healthy, happy and creative.

Strategy #6 Trick Yourself

Trick yourself into thinking you’re eating a lot.

Use small plates to make modest dessert portions seem larger. Pour drinks into tall, skinny glasses to drink less. Fill your dinner plate with salad before adding the entrees. Full plates make small portions seem big.

Strategy #7 Partner Up

Get a healthy holiday eating buddy. Partners make it easier to keep your healthy commitments in the face of indulgences. They provide accountability and support.

Strategy #8 Commit

Look through this list of strategies and pick the ones that are the most helpful and the least difficult for you Write down your own list of healthy holiday eating guidelines and pin them up where you will see them several times a day. Commit to following them. Don’t allow yourself excuses to break your rules.

Strategy #9 Tune Up

Now is a great time for an acupuncture tune-up. Acupuncture helps balance your body so it’s easier to make healthy choices.

Call me today on 086 8381017 to schedule your appointment. I’ll help you create a healthy holiday eating plan that doesn’t take the fun out of your Christmas holidays.

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