We all know the holidays can be stressful, from finding the right gifts to preparing for those big gatherings, and of course, the food! There’s always just so much of it, especially in South Louisiana! Most of us worry about what the indulgence of the holidays will do to our waistlines, not to mention our overall health.
Experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say avoiding unhealthy eating at the holidays begins with the preparation. If you’re preparing the meal, take time to plan. Avoid fried foods and very heavy entrees and sides. But don’t be afraid to fix some of the classics everyone loves. They say a little cheating on your diet is inevitable, but try focusing on family and friends and avoid all the snacking before and after the meal.
More tips on Healthy Holiday Eating:
Never arrive hungry– Eat a healthy snack before heading to a party of family gathering.
Focus on family– Visit! Catch up with friends and family without a snack in your hand.
Avoid sweets before meal– If you do snack, opt for the fruit or veggie tray.
Bust the buffet– Grab a small plate and don’t feel you have to have some of everything! Dodge dessert-pass on dessert. And if you can’t, just have a sliver instead of a slice, and choose wisely!
Leave the leftovers– Don’t pack a plate to go! This way, you can avoid doing it all again later!
Don’t beat yourself up– If you DO eat more than you think you should, give yourself a break! Forgive yourself, and get right back on track.