With Christmas around the corner, we are approaching one of the most difficult times of the year to maintain a healthy diet. Temptation is everywhere, our defenses are down because we are tired and stressed to the max. But if we approach eating with a sensible plan, there is no need to throw away a whole year of healthy eating.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet during the difficult Christmas holiday season.
This is not the time of the year to start a new diet.
Believe it or not. You will be doomed to failure. But at the same time, you do not want to give yourself permission to eat everything in sight. You can get through the holidays without gaining weight by making good, but more importantly conscious, choices. Just because you are busy with the business of Christmas doesn’t mean you should abandon your exercise regime. Try to do your exercise at least twice a week! Don’t abandon any of the good habits and principles you started before the holidays.
Whether a friend, your spouse or a relative who you can make a pact with that you will not overeat at the holidays.It is good to choose someone who you spend a great deal of time with. It is easier if you control eating with a buddy (and it’s much more fun).
Make healthy food choices.
You want to keep to a regular meal plan. Unless you do not practice intermittent fasting, you should not skip meals because you have a party at night. if you do you are more likely to binge at dinner. When at a buffet, take small samples of everything so you don’t feel deprived. It’s a good idea to watch what you eat during the holiday season. It’s easy to eat a lot of empty calories and fill up on junk, but resist the temptation because it will only pack on holiday pounds. Then, you will have to deal with starting a weight loss plan in the new year. Enjoy a salad or some fruit. Especially with the right fruits, you can get that same sweet flavour, and it’s low in calories. Just don’t add any whipped toppings, chocolate, or anything like that (unless it’s dark chocolate, but be careful anyway).
If you know you want to have a dessert, make sure you eat less of the entrees. You can have but in moderation…
Watch what you drink
Alcoholic beverages can be very fattening. It is best to stick with water. But if you want to have an alcoholic beverage stick with wine, light beer or liquor mixed with diet beverages. Keep as far away as you can from drinks like egg nog and buttered rum. They go straight from your mouth to your hips.