The holiday season nearly upon us and all the great foods we associate with this time of the year are starting to creep up everywhere. Between all of office holiday parties and family get together’s, the holidays are a virtual food fest from Thanksgiving all the way through New Years Eve.
I find it near impossible to stay fit from November through January and don’t think I’m the only one out there with this miserable problem! Here are some holiday overeating strategies for surviving with your waistline intact, that work for me:
- Learn to recognize hunger cues: An empty feeling or rumbling in your stomach. As you become more aware of what your body is telling you, you’ll be better able to eat only when you’re hungry and stop when you’ve had enough.
- Eat what you love and sample only the special stuff: There’s a big difference between eating homemade Pudin de Pan made by your bestie’s great-grandmother Lupe and a box of store-bought Santa cookies with sprinkles. Eat what will give you the most satisfaction.
- Survey the food landscape: If you must eat at any of the holiday parties you attend, survey the scene before beginning to snack on hors devours. Doing this will help you establish what to put on your plate, and therefore in your mouth. This will help you avoid spending your night grazing on every cocktail tray that comes your way.
- Limit liquid calories: When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we tend to not register our fullness and often we end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. It’s OK to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, or white wine spritzer, but remember to also try to drink water or seltzer, both calorie free, before your meal.
- Do a little cardio: Another great way to help keep off the holiday bulge is by parking your car the furthest you can away from store entrances while holiday shopping. Doing this will help you get in a bit of cardio to and from you car, while carrying packages will give you an additional workout for your arms and shoulders.
And remember, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, during the holiday season. The trick is to enjoy what you are eating, and to eat mindfully while avoiding overindulging and gaining weight in the process!