Fa, la, la, la, la! The holiday season is upon us, which means that the tempting treats will be out in force. Whether it is in the break room at work or at the many parties and social gatherings that pop up, it seems like unhealthy food choices are everywhere.
However, there are several things you can do to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle. Robin Rohrig, a registered dietitian at Carilion Wellness, shares her top 10 tips for a healthy holiday season.
1. Before the festivities begin, take a 30 minute walk. We all have the best of intentions to do it later in the day, but if you get your workout out of the way early it will be one less thing you have to worry about and you will be less likely to skip it.
2. Eat a normal breakfast and/or lunch. Staying on a regular routine will help you consume fewer calories at dinner time because you’re not starving. Eating regularly will also cut down on snacking throughout the day.
3. When it comes to portions and servings, take one to two tablespoons of anything you would like to eat. You will get to have everything you want without piling your plate full of excess calories.
4. Take small slices of pies and other desserts, so you can sample more than one variety.
5. If you are hosting festivities, send leftovers home with guests to avoid temptations later. If you are the guest at someone else’s home and would like leftovers, take only one meal’s worth.
6. If possible, take a 10 to15 minute walk after a large meal to help aid in digestion.
7. If baking is part of your holiday traditions, choose treats that may not be your favorite so you’re less likely to sample.
8. Try a healthy recipe swap instead of a customary cookie swap. You get great new recipes to try in the new year and save empty calories.
9. Stay hydrated. With the colder weather, we have a tendency to drink less water. Our bodies still need six to eight glasses of water every day.
10. Start your New Year’s resolutions early! Get a head start on your weight loss goals for an easier transition when 2018 hits.
According to Robin, following any or all of these recommendations can help you enjoy the holidays without added weight. Here is to a healthy and festive holiday season!