5 Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays
With a little planning, healthy eating habits can be maintained by practicing these 5 tips for eating healthy during the holidays. The holidays are the hardest time to keep up with a healthy diet. Stress, time constraints and parties can wreck even the most diligent diet plans. Feed your body well and it will keep you going throughout the holidays.
- Moderation. Remember the motto, “Everything in moderation, even moderation”? Apply this concept to all your holiday activities and it will keep you balanced, feeling better and eating healthier.
- Eat more protein. Try adding more protein to your daily diet. Have eggs for breakfast, take a protein shake to work for a quick meal and keep nuts at your desk (the kind you can eat)! Eating healthy proteins like eggs, beans, lean meats, tofu, whey or soy powders helps keep your body from craving sugar and empty carbohydrates.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Take raw vegetables to work for lunch instead of grabbing all those holiday cookies when you are hungry. Eat plenty of vegetables before heading for the desserts during holiday parties. When you are craving something sweet, try some dried papaya, raisins, apples or other fresh fruit. Keeping fruits and vegetables a priority in your diet will help you avoid sugar crashes.
- Drink enough water. Our bodies need at least 64 ounces of water per day. A lot of our food cravings come from not having enough hydration. It will be easier to eat healthier during the holidays if you remember to drink water instead of coffee, tea or alcohol. Remember, moderation!
- Take time to eat right. We tend to put eating healthy low on our list of priorities when we are busy during the holidays, but taking the time to eat should be at the top of the list. Conscious eating helps you slow down and enjoy your food, digest better and keep the urge to eat junk food at bay. Keep simple healthy food available at work and at home so you aren’t tempted to eat the wrong foods because you are in a rush.
By following these five tips for healthy eating over the holidays, you can keep yourself balanced, healthy and actually have more energy to enjoy the holiday season.