Eating healthy during the holidays can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple steps to avoid feeling deprived and keep your diet in check!
1. Bring It On Home
It starts with shopping. Make sure you avoid the aisles of your grocery store. Choose organic fresh vegetables and fruit. Fresh meats and poultry. Pastured when possible. Oh and remember, don’t shop hungry! There is no need to read labels when it’s fresh food. Make a shopping list and stick to it.
2. Can’t Live Without It
Drink Plenty of Water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. One tip is to drink at least 8 ounces of water before a meal so you feel satisfied faster.
3. Be Grateful and Don’t Gobble.
Chew your food slowly. Enjoy every bite. Drink water during your meal. This will avoid bloat and indigestion. It will help your body absorb all the nutrients.
4. Limit Your Libations
Avoid alcohol but if you must, enjoy one glass of red wine–preferably organic. Red wine has antioxidants such as resveratrol and proanthocyanidins and it may be beneficial to your gut microbiome. That being said, don’t overdo it! One glass is enough to enjoy the health properties without the hangover.
5. Eat Your Veggies
Yes, your mom was right. Veggies are your friend. They will help you feel satiated and satisfied and you will be less likely to partake in too many desserts. Enjoy a good serving of veggies. If enjoying a salad, avoid commercial dressings and try with olive oil and lemon or balsamic vinegar instead.
6. A Whirld of Desserts
Did anyone say pie? Yes, enjoy a slice. But before you do, make sure that your food has settled. You will be less likely to eat too much of it when you do. I recommend waiting about 1/2 an hour.
7. Take Time off From Work
Holidays tend to be stressful for many of us. So in those moments when you feel stressed-out, remember this quote:
“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” —Steve Maraboli .
Make sure you take time for yourself, breathe, meditate, take a walk, relax or enjoy some yoga. A hug or two won’t hurt either. Remember the reason for the season is being grateful: Thanksgiving!