It can be really hard to stay on track when it comes to when, what, and how often you eat. Especially during the holidays! Temptation can be lurking around every holiday party or gift exchange. Knowing that this is a reality, I’m sharing my ten tips that can help you to avoid the temptation of overeating.
1) Drink water.
Drink lots of water. Find ways to sneak it in. (In the winter, herbal teas are one of my go tos.)
2) Limit baking and cooking.
Try giving away half of what you make or only make your favorites when you are having company. That way there won’t be so much left over that you might be tempted to snack on later.
3) Plan your day.
Start out each day with a game plan for what meals you have ahead of you and how you can best spread out the calories.
4) Only eat half.
When you eat out, only eat half and then take the rest home with you. Such a simple solution that we all know, but it can be so hard to do!
5) Drink responsibly.
Be careful with hidden calories in all those yummy drinks. I’m not just talking about alcohol. Even more so can be the fun coffee drinks. They are fantastic but they can quickly add up to a light meal.
6) Don’t go hungry.
Attend parties and celebrations with a not so empty tummy. If you aren’t “starving” (do you hear my kids in the background) it will be easier on you to eat less when you get to that buffet table.
7) Only one dessert a day.
(I might be talking to myself here.) It is OK to indulge but do it in moderation. Don’t deny yourself of the treats you love, just set limits.
8) Eat at home.
As much as possible, try to stay home and eat. I love eating out, but it can be much more challenging to try to eat less and healthier when you are dining out.
9) Frequent and smaller meals.
Try for at least four meals a day if not more. This is so much better for your metabolism versus going long stretches between meals.
10) Plate size does matter.
Use smaller plates whenever you can. And, stay away from that clean plate club!
Are you ready to jump into January with a healthy start by being deliberate in December? Which of these tips can you easily add to your daily routine?
Check back with me next Wednesday when I will share a simple workout you can squeeze in between all of the parties, performances and caroling. 🙂