We are approaching the holiday season! The aroma of pumpkin spice and peppermint flavors will soon be taking over every public place. Holidays mean endless holiday parties and family get-togethers. And with these events come lots and lots of food.
Here's how we can all avoid some extra weight this time around.
Eat your greens!
Before filling your plate with the main dishes, start off with a salad. Salads are very nutrient-dense, meaning that they have very few calories relative to the nutrients they provide.
Drink your dinner?
Stick to one or two glasses of wine. Alcohol is highly caloric, so establishing that you will only have a glass or two allows you to enjoy your night, and at the same time, ensures that you aren’t consuming too much.
Practice intuitive eating. It is perfectly normal (and encouraged!) to indulge during the holidays. Have that slice of pumpkin pie! Have your grandma’s famous mac and cheese! You can satisfy your cravings by having a little bit of everything, or a bigger portion of your favorite item.
The holidays are a time of happiness, giving, and excitement, so try not to stress. Stressing that you overate not only causes you to actually gain weight but isn’t doing your mental health any favors. Know that once you go back to your normal eating habits and regular schedule, you will likely return to your normal weight. Instead of worrying, go on a post-meal walk to help clear your mind and aid with digestion.