Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner! Here are a few tips that will allow you to enjoy the dinner celebrations without the potential weight gain.
1. LIMIT THE CELEBRATIONS
It’s entirely okay to eat a full and hearty meal for Christmas Eve and Christmas day as well as on New Year’s Eve. Our bodies can take on a few binge days without major consequence. The threat rests in constant snacking on leftovers after each holiday has passed.
Feel free to enjoy the celebratory meals but be sure to maintain your healthy eating habits in between an after the celebrations! 🙂
2. DON’T CELEBRATE WHILE HUNGRY !
It’s important to approach the celebrations with a level head. Instead of bolting towards the table when the food is ready or piling up an enormous plate of leftovers every few hours; try snacking on a few hunger suppressors beforehand like a cup of plain yogurt or even a piece of fruit.
3. DIVERSITY IS GREAT BUT WITH REASONABLE PORTION SIZES
Don’t hesitate to try some of the delicious foie gras, variety of cheeses, roasted chestnuts, chocolates and more. But maintain your self control and don’t splurge on any particular item or all for that matter. Everything is okay in moderation!
4. KEEP A HANDLE ON LIQUOR !
Alcohol is a real calorie trap. During the celebrations, think strategically. Cider, champagne and wine are known to have a low calorie content. We all love to party so if you decide to go for the heavier options like whiskey, rum and vodka, make consumption sparse. Eggnog is great but is loaded with calories!
Try having one glass of champagne during the aperitif and 2 glasses of wine during the main course.
5. SAVOR YOUR FOOD
First of all, it’s important to note that our stomachs need around 20 minutes in order to communicate that it is entirely full to the brain. Therefore, it’s essential to chew your food thoroughly and to absorb the deliciousness. Eating slowly, will help your stomach coordinate with your brain in a timely manner so that you don’t eat too much.
6. STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
The ideal way to weight gain under any circumstance is to remain physically active. Even during the holidays! Throughout your free time you should take a walk to clear your mind and digest your food by yourself or with your family and friends.
7. WATER IS ESSENTIAL
Be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s essential for healthy digestion especially before and after the festive meals. Drinking water can hinder the desire to drink alcohol excessively and can reduce your appetite as well as eliminate toxins accumulated throughout the celebrations.
8. RESTORING A BALANCED DIET WITH OTHER MEALS OF THE WEEK
A single celebratory meal can provide your body with all of the daily calorie requirements.
But balancing can only happen over the course of seven days rather than just one meal. Throughout the week and between the celebrations, try rebalancing your diet by eating reasonable portions of lean meats, vegetables, whole grains and fruits.Use other meals of the week to rebalance your diet.
Have a great Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 😀
Article written by Amélie Vincent, dietitian.