1. Don’t go to parties hungry.
If you’re going to a party in the evening, be sure to eat a healthy lunch and snack in the afternoon.
2. The choice is yours.
Instead of focusing on what you cannot or should not have, think about making healthier choices.
3. Start with veggies and nuts.
When you arrive at the party, scan the food table and go for the veggie tray first and maybe a small handful of nuts. Then decide which items you might want to sample.
4. Avoid mindless eating.
Pay attention to what you’re eating and enjoy it. Don’t multi-task, or talk and eat (you shouldn’t talk with your mouth full anyway).
5. Budget your calories.
Like you budget your money during the holidays, decide which food items are worth spending your calories. For example, would you rather have the high-calorie coffee drink or that special homemade dessert?
6. Have a water “chaser.”
Drink a glass of water before and after your glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage. If you are seated for a meal, have water with your meal, along with your beverage of choice. Drink the water to quench your thirst and sip your other drink occasionally.
7. Exercise can erase some “mistakes.”
Offset extra calories with an additional exercise class, walk on the treadmill or other form of physical activity.
8. Walk it off.
Go for family walk instead of sitting on the couch after a big meal.
9. Take time to de-stress.
Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and/or treat yourself to a massage during the hectic holiday season. Exercise is also a great way to de-stress and re-energize.
10. Focus on family and friends and fun – not food.
Most importantly, the holidays are a great time to enjoy being together. Find fun activities to do together that do not focus on food. Around here we’re usually fortunate enough to enjoy a nice walk on the beach – Have Fun!
Enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season!
By Shelly Hudson, Certified Health Coach
Shelly Hudson is a Certified Health Coach and Registered Nurse with specialized training in nutrition and exercise physiology.