While the holiday season is a lovely time to enjoy delicious food with good company, you don’t have to let it completely derail your diet. You can still make smart food choices, enjoy the foods you love, and keep your weight in check. All you need to do is establish your goals and the strategies it’s going to take to reach them.
1. Make a list and check it twice.
What foods do you overindulge in during the holidays? Jot down a list of things you want to avoid and the healthier holiday eats you want to prioritize. Write your weight loss or nutrition goals and make a promise to yourself to opt for easy food swaps when you can.
2. Run, run Rudolph.
Exercising regularly will help you feel energized and in control of your body. Strive for at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity a day and find creative ways to stay active. The more you exercise, the more mindful you will be about your food choices.
3. Forget the figgy pudding.
If you see processed, sugar-filled sweets, it’s a trap! Sugary foods will only leave you craving more. Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite holiday dessert and ditch everything else on the dessert table. Your body doesn’t need a sugary surplus of empty calories.
4. Avoid the rum pum pum pum.
The more you drink, the more likely you are to deviate from your diet and overindulge. Cocktails often contain more sugar and hidden calories than suspected as well. To avoid the temptation and hangover altogether, make a mocktail of sparkling water with a splash of fresh fruit juice.
5. Use the Grinch as your plate aesthetic.
At home and parties, load your plate with greens first to leave less room for the fatty or sugary options. If you eat the right portion of vegetables at the start of your meal, you’ll be less likely to overeat high caloric foods.
If you’re having trouble sticking with a diet, consider establishing a partner in health. Schedule an appointment with a primary care physician at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group who can assist you on your weight-loss journey.
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