The holidays are here and and it’s all about family and friends getting together and sharing a large assortment of tasty dishes. Our patients tell us that this is the hardest time of the year to keep to our nutrition plans. Temptations are all around us, and who wants to deprive themselves in this celebratory season?!
With just a little planning, it is possible to stay healthy during the holidays. Here are a few suggestions to keep you from going into a metabolic frenzy:
- Plan for your events. If you know you will be going to two parties during the week, try to save your desserts (if any) to this time. Keep it one serving.
- Before going to gatherings, eat some nuts, protein, avocado and other fats ahead of time. this will start to satisfy your stomach so you won’t crave as much junk at the party.
- Stay well hydrated. Going to a party dehydrated means you might go for the sugary drinks instead of water, because they are so readily available.
- Drink red wine instead of liquors and drinks made with lemonade or soda. There is a large difference in sugar in those drinks!
- For dinners, choose meats and vegetables. If having a starch, make it a smaller portion.
- Portion Control! In general, make your portions smaller than you usually do. In social settings, let the socializing take over and you will be surprised that you don’t miss the larger helpings.
All of these simple steps will make a difference over the Holiday season. Remember, the average person gains 8-10lbs in December. Now you know how not to be average!