Holidays are on everyone’s mind, especially the health conscious. We can all get sucked into the vast amounts of wine and sweets offered at most holiday parties and in our own homes. Holidays are a time to enjoy but not an excuse to binge. Don’t ruin your whole year of conscious eating with a couple weeks of celebrating. Here are some tips to still indulge and feel in control:
Choose your parties- Figure out before which parties you are going to allow yourself some indulgences. One party a week should allow you to feel like you are still getting a treat. Remember, these nights are for enjoying not binge eating.
Remember the booze- Alcohol has calories, lots of them. We often forget that holiday drinks can add on the pounds. Even if your calories are liquid be aware and use sparingly. One class of wine (3.5 oz or three and a half shots) is already 85 calories. A shot of gin in that G and T? 56.
Eat before you go- This one always gets me. Even though you know there is going to be food at the party, eat before. You are not going to want to indulge in just fruit when you see all those other yummy items. If you eat before you won’t be as tempted.
Bring what you like to eat- Bring foods you know that are healthy and you will eat. This at least gives you another option if everyone brought Christmas cookies. It also balances out a party that is full of sugar.
Holidays are fun and a great time to relax and enjoy good food. Just make sure that you are eating in moderation and making wise choices. Enjoy the party and when in doubt dance off those extra calories.
Does anyone have any other tips that work for controlling holiday temptations?