Healthy and holidays often don’t go together. The season starts off with a bountiful Thanksgiving feast, often entailing stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, and other not-so-healthy traditional foods. From there, December brings various social functions where nutritious and healthy foods are decidedly not on the menu.
Why wait to start being healthy on New Years, though? Fortunately, with a few tricks, it’s possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle year-round.
Find healthy alternatives: Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to give up your holiday favorites — all they need are a few modifications like baking instead of frying, using yoghurt instead of mayonnaise, etc.
Moderation is the Key: Moderation will be your saving grace during the holiday season. Make sure that your meals surrounding the festive dinner are healthy and nutrient-dense.
Homemade instead of processed foods: Canned, processed, and premade foods are full of excess salt and sugar that you can avoid by making the dishes yourself. It can be difficult, but it can also ensure that you’re eating much healthier.
Veggies to the rescue: Increase the number of vegetable dishes on the dinner table, finding small twists to dress them up without making them unhealthy.
Eat at a slower pace: Eating slowly can give our stomachs enough time to send the hormonal signal to our brain telling us that we’re full, which will stop us from accidentally overeating.
Portion control: Eat small snacks during the day, and have three medium meals instead of three extra-large ones. This will improve your digestion and reduce the amount you’re eating, both during meal times and overall.
Take a walk after dinner: A walk post meal will provide some quiet alone time to de-stress and aid your digestion all at once.
Eating well and staying healthy can be difficult over the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Incorporating healthy recipes into your festivities means you don’t have to feel deprived OR experience weight gain during the holidays.