By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM
The holiday season can be one ongoing round of events featuring food, food, and more food — a lot of fun, but loaded with tasty high-calorie foods we can’t resist. When it’s all over, we discover the turkey wasn’t the only thing that ended up stuffed! Add to that, clothes won’t fit — and that’s no fun! Here are my top seven tips for enjoying the variety of parties, turkey dinner and New Year’s buffet in the healthiest way possible.
- The day of the party, eat a low-calorie breakfast — better yet a small bowl of raw oatmeal, diced apple, and a few raisins.
- Don’t go to a party already hungry. You only set yourself up to actually eat more. Curb your appetite with a cup of soothing tea or bullion, a small yogurt, or a handful of nuts just before leaving. It will give you a sense of fullness and you’ll be less likely to pig out at the party.
- At the party, check out all the food options. Pick out one or two “must have” indulgences. Take smaller portions, on a smaller plate, and eat with a smaller cocktail fork — bites will be smaller. Then fill up on healthier low-calorie veggies, fruits, salads, and protein items. Another strategy that allows you to sample all the options, but only a bite or two of each.
- Limit or avoid altogether the eggnog, party punch, and spirits. Liquid calories add up in a hurry, often without you being aware.
- Once you’ve filled your plate, move away from the food tables. Eat slowly, savoring every bite as you visit with friends.
- Throughout the holidays, visualize how terrific you’re going to look in that fitted New Year’s Eve outfit! Keep that vision in your head to help you resist tempting holiday goodies.
- As the holidays come to an end, get back to your regular and healthy eating habits immediately. Walk and talk with a friend. Support is key to success.
What is your strategy to survive the holidays without packing on the pounds?
Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009
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