Holiday Healthy Tips
It’s said that the average American gains 8-10 pounds during the holiday season (Halloween-New Year’s). Yet between Halloween and New Year’s Day there are 372 opportunities to make healthy food choices (if eating 6 times a day) and only 5 of those are actual holiday meals (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve). This year I challenge all of you to be part of the minority and make healthier choices through the season. Take the extra time instead to enjoy the company of those around you rather than making it be all about the food. Because after all we don’t need the “covid-20” to turn into the “covid-40”.
Here are some simple tips to help you get through Thanksgiving and the weeks to come.
#1. Six Small Meals
Be sure that you start with a healthy breakfast and continue to eat every 2-3 hours during the day. This will help so that you don’t go to Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner on an empty stomach, which will likely have you craving everything in sight. Eating small frequent meals throughout the day helps to avoid overeating at dinner.
#2. Drink That Water
We have shared why water is so incredibly important for our health in the past but it is worth sharing again. A real easy way to stay feeling full throughout the day is to make sure you’re hydrating. Our bodies need a minimum of 64oz of water to hydrate our 5 major organs—liver, lungs, heart, kidneys and brain. Anything extra allows us to flush toxins out of our bodies and keeps our cravings at bay.
Here are some fun water bottles that can let you see where you are in your water drinking goal and keep ya motivated.
#3. All About the Plate Size
Portion control during a holiday meal can be a real challenge to tackle, especially with all our favorite dishes around us. Dr. Wayne Anderson recommends using smaller plates, such as a 9-inch plates rather than the typical 11-inch. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite holiday dishes but with more manageable portions. He breaks down the structure of our portions—25% protein, 25% starch, 50% vegetables and fruit.
If you are looking for 9 inch plates, you can find some here on Amazon through our affiliate link.
#4. Guilt Free Choices
Deciding to have a full traditional dinner is not something you should feel guilty about. People often will use the words, “cheat meal” or “cheat day” when trying to be healthy. This is very much a diet mentality mantra versus thinking about all the meals we eat as choices. As cliché as it might sound, what we talk about and share with clients is all about a lifestyle change and not a “diet”—diets don’t work. Decide what choices you are going to make during each holiday and follow through with those choices if you feel good about them. There is no need to feel guilty about a food choice. Most importantly, enjoy the quality time with those closest to you, making memories that will last a lifetime!
If you didn't get a chance to see Cindy's interview with Michael Smith, Chief Medical Director for WebMD and someone who endorses and coaches for the program we coach for, here is the interview.
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Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!