Christmas time offers tons of temptations. From holiday parties and family get-togethers, there is never a shortage of Christmas drinks and treats. After all, the holidays are a time for celebrating and creating memories with those you love.
However, it’s easy to overindulge. While life is definitely meant to be enjoyed (and the holidays are definitely one of those times you should enjoy!), many people find themselves falling off the health bandwagon—and continuing some of these behaviours into the new year.
So, how can you stay on track? What can you do to make this Christmas as healthy as possible while still enjoying the holidays to the fullest?
5 Tips for Healthy Eating During Christmas
Luckily, the holidays don’t have to throw a wrench into your health and wellness plans. In fact, this time can offer an excellent opportunity for you to test your self-discipline and learn how to enjoy festivities—without overdoing it. Here are a few tips to help you.
Tip #1: Keep snacking to a minimum.
Yes, there are tons of different and delicious snacks this time of year. But those small Christmas nibbles add up. Plus, many of these snacks are jam-packed with high fat and sugar content. At the same time, a holiday snack here or there isn’t going to cause any harm. The best thing you can do to stick to your healthy eating goals (and avoid going overboard) is to eat at regular meal and snack times. This will ensure you don’t go hungry, but also don’t overdo it.
Additionally, taking a healthy snack with you while you shop for the holidays can help you avoid the need to grab fast food while on the go.
Tip #2: Plan your meals and drinks ahead of time.
Is your holiday party at a restaurant? Check out the menu and choose the best option beforehand. This can help you thwart temptation.
Before a gathering, you can also plan how many drinks you will have. This, again, helps you avoid overdoing it, as well as helps you avoid an awful hangover.
Tip #3: Load up on veggies.
Try to fill up on the healthy stuff before opting for more “junky” food. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits helps you get the nutrition your body needs to function optimally (as well as keep your digestion in check!).
In contrast, some Christmas foods you may want to be cautious with and only consume in moderation include soft drinks, rice, and sugary baked goods.
Tip #4: Get outside and get some exercise!
Even just a 15-minute walk can help you cope with the holiday stress. On top of this, walking post-meal is a great way to regulate your blood sugar and avoid crashing after a big meal. Grab the family and stroll through your neighbourhood to check out the Christmas lights! A little bit of exercise here and there goes a long way.
Tip #5: Relax and enjoy this time.
Perfection is unattainable. Sure, you’ve got health goals, and you want to take care of your body through every season. Yet, one bad meal or snack isn’t going to make a difference. Cut yourself some slack but be smart about it.
Remember, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Stressing about every item you put in your mouth can be exhausting. So, don’t overthink it. Stick to the “everything in moderation” principle. And don’t forget to relax and enjoy!
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