by Shelley Miller, BA, CPT, PN1 & meal planning maniac
Many people have a love/hate relationship with holidays. They are filled with fun, family, and food. On average, a person gains 1-2 pounds over a holiday and those 1-2 pounds are often hard to get back off. In efforts to avoid weight gain this holiday season, here are a few tips to make these times more enjoyable!
- Plan out your menu with plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains.
- Avoid making the high calorie appetizers. These are an easy way to pack on the pounds so try for lighter appetizers.
- Go for the frozen fruits and veggies in the winter. In the winter, frozen is less expensive and ripe because fruits and veggies are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness.
- Roasting or grilling meats, veggies and potatoes are an easy way for full flavor without the added calories of sauces and creams.
- Plan time for exercise. This helps relieve stress from the holidays. Even if it is just for 10-15 minutes, extra exercise is always a bonus!
- Don’t skip meals. Before a party, eat a light snack such as raw veggies or a piece of fruit so you aren’t tempted to over-indulge in a heavy meal.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.
- Choose a small portion of your holiday treat, enjoy, and savor it.
- Take your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. This way you know there is at least one item you can eat guilt-free