Tips For Healthy Eating During The Holidays

They’re here! The holidays. It can be a challenging time if you struggle with weight or are trying to eat healthier. There are SO MANY temptations. I’ve got some tips to help you get through the holidays eating and feeling better.

Use A Smaller Plate
Studies show that you’ll fill your plate regardless of what size it is. To eat less, use a smaller plate. It’s a great way to practice portion control.

Eat Foods In A Particular Order
Look at what’s on your plate and eat the foods that are easiest, and fastest, to digest first. That would be vegetables, fruit, and less processed foods. These foods move through the digestive tract more quickly and easily. If you consume them after foods that are harder to digest they’ll get held up and may cause indigestion or an upset stomach.

Savor Every Bite
Practice mindful eating. Take small bites, chew slowly, at least 25 times, and truly enjoy each bite. Take your time at the table.

Be Present
Turn off all electronic devices and the TV. Engage in conversation with family members, friends, or whoever’s with you, even if it’s an animal. If you’re alone enjoy the solitude. Sit and eat quietly.

Stop Eating Before You’re Full
When you eat slowly it should be easier to tell when you begin to feel full. Stop eating then. Don’t feel like you have to finish every morsel on your plate. Better yet, don’t overfill your plate.

Give Your Digestive System A Break
That could be in the form of 12, or more, hours between meals, an intermittent fast. It’s usually easiest to do this between dinner one day and breakfast the next. You could also have easily digestible food for one meal. Something like a smoothie, acai or blueberry bowl, raw applesauce, fruit or mixed berries.

Plan Ahead
Create a meal plan. Think ahead and plan meals in advance. Prep for them ahead of time. Have food items on hand to make quick, healthy meals. Make use of an Instant Pot or Crock Pot.

Make Substitutions
Change up favorite recipes by substituting healthier ingredients or adding less of certain things like sugar and salt. Search online for healthier versions of traditional dishes. Keep family traditions but seek healthier alternatives.

Avoid Sweets
I know it’s hard. They’re everywhere this time of year. If you simply CAN’T avoid them, then limit how many sweets and treats you eat. Take one. Pick your favorite. Then stop! The reason I recommend avoiding sweets all together is because sugar is addicting. It takes 14+ days to remove it from your systems. Plus eating sugar only makes you crave it more.

Make good food choices this holiday season. You will feel better, have more energy, and be less tired.

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