Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Healthy Holiday Eating Made Easy

We all know the holiday season can be a stressful and overwhelming time. With large family gathers brings an overabundance of food. It is believed that the average American will gain up to 5 pounds throughout the holiday season, but that doesn’t have to be you! Enjoy the holiday season without packing on the pounds! Here’s how:

Holiday Guide #1: 4 Simple Shopping Tips for Healthy Holiday Meals
1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding the center isles where “junk” foods lurk.
2. Choose “real” foods. Select foods labeled 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain. These items are less processed and contain fewer additives.
3. Avoid foods with cartoons on the label that are targeted to children. It is best not to keep “junk” foods in the house if you don’t want your kids eating them.
4. Avoid foods containing more than five ingredients as well as artificial ingredients. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it.

Holiday Guide #2: How to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays
1. Create and maintain an exercise regime: During the holidays it’s easy to lose motivation to get to the gym. Because the holiday season is surrounded by an abundance of food and many of us tend to overeat, it is especially important to make time for daily physical activity. Team up with a family member or friend to encourage one another in meeting your exercise goals.
2. Don’t Fast Before a Party: Fasting before a party can lead to overeating and a decreased metabolism. Choose smaller portions and eat slowly so you can savor every bite. Eating slowly will allow you to recognize when you are full.
3. Eat Smart Before a Party: Choose foods high in fiber. Doing so will help you feel full, making it less likely for you to overeat at the party.
4. Drink Water: Drinking water throughout the holiday meal or party can help you to slow down your eating by taking smaller sips between bites.
5. Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself: Eat small amounts of your favorite holiday foods so you don’t feel deprived. Fill the rest of your plate with healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.