My Top 5 Tips for Navigating the Holidays and Not Gaining Weight
5. If you have a party or event one night, make sure your day is extra healthy. For breakfast think fruit, or eggs with veggies. Lunch: salad or protein and a vegetable. Try not to snack. Have some tea or an apple in an emergency. Now you can enjoy the party!
4. When at parties and events, ignore the hors d’oeuvres, and focus on the main event. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers are usually laden with fat, and often sugar too. They may be deep fried, surrounded in puff pastry, or consist mostly of bread and gluten. Sometimes they aren’t even that good – and then you think, why did I even eat that?!
Shrimp cocktail, sashimi, hummus or guacamole with vegetables for dipping are healthier options. Otherwise, wait for dinner to be served.
3. Save dessert for breakfast. Instead of stuffing yourself silly, and having sweets, cakes, and cookies after a big meal, take dessert to-go. The next day you may even find yourself happy to skip the dessert at that point, or satisfied with less!
2. Drink wine, not cocktails. Fancy cocktails are laden with sugar. They contain liqueurs, juices, and simple syrup. It’s added sugar you just don’t need. Red wine has less sugar than white wine. Or have vodka - on the rocks or mixed with club soda.
1. Have fun! Dance, socialize, have a drink. If you’re having fun you won’t be thinking about the pigs in a blanket or the sweets. It’s the season for friends, family, parties and giving. You don’t need sugar to have a good time. And remember, cakes and cookies are here all year round – so go easy.
Studies show that you only really taste the first few bites of food, and then the flavor subsides and your mind wanders. So next time you have a piece of cake in front of you – try a few bites instead of polishing off the slice.
Diets don’t work, but eating well does! Get on the program with me and reach your weight loss goals.