Five tips to eating healthy during the holiday season

We're full swing into the holiday season now and if you haven't been to a holiday party yet, you're likely to be headed to one soon! This is no reason, however, to fall off track with your healthy eating habits. 

While there's no secret formula to success when it comes to making the best choices, there are a few great tips to help you make the best possible food decisions. 

1. Drink more water.

Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many of us go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices. 

Try drinking at least a 16 oz. water bottle before you get to the holiday party and take one with you to drink while you're there! 

2. Curb your sweet-tooth.

It's hard! We know! Instead of eating that slice of cake or a cookie, try eating a serving size of fruit and adding some peanut butter. 

3. Be mindful of portion size.

Sometimes when we exercise or lose a little bit of weight, we want to indulge in a high-calorie treat because we feel we’ve “earned it.” This is a mindset that won't work! Reward yourself with other things, like massages or a shopping trip.

Really want that piece of cake? Try taking 1/4 of the normal size portion and eating it slowly. Can't pass up that delicious dip? Take just a spoonful and savor it. 

4. Focus on what you can eat, not on what you can't.

Re-direct your efforts to including more nutrient-rich foods and you will automatically crowd out the less healthy options. Pack a few healthy snacks to take to the party with you and eat one on the way so you don't arrive hungry! 

5. Don't skip breakfast. 

Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that people who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.

Making great food (and drink) choices is just as important as showing up to exercise three-four times per week. Try not to lose sight of your goals during this holiday season. You can still focus on celebrating the season without giving in to every temptation that comes your way. 

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Andrea Shirey

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