Whether you’re newly health-conscious or you’ve been watching your weight for decades, we all know there’s nothing quite like the holidays to derail our best efforts!
If you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, you know how the holidays can also be frustrating! Here’s a few tips to keep in mind for your next holiday food gathering!
Holiday Food Planning Tips
1. Bring a dish to share. Most gatherings are potluck so offer to bring a dish to share that will be safe for you to eat. Pick a dish that you enjoy so you are not so tempted to dig into unhealthy dishes. Also, avoid hanging around the buffet tables. Take your plate and sit as far away from the food as you possibly can.
2. Eat almonds before you go to your party. Don’t show up hungry. Have something to eat before you arrive at the party so that you’re not so hungry when you get there.
Have you heard of the “Almond Trick”? If you have the right kinds of fat before you eat, you can “trick” your hormonal system by sending the signal to your brain that you’re full. Because of almond’s fat content, consuming them may make you feel full longer and avoid temptations. In addition to the usable fats almonds contain, they’re full of fiber which also helps you stay full longer and helps you from overeating.
3. Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated helps manage your appetite and also helps balance high sodium party snacks. Hydration is also very important for digestion.
4. Have holiday digestive support handy. Take a digestive enzyme to assist in the break down of the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the meal. And of course, a good probiotic will help promote good digestive health.
5. Defend those Holiday Cravings. Cravings are often the reason we fail during the holidays. Even with our best intentions, we cannot overcome the urge to feed the sugar craving. Make sure you are taking your Craving Defender to stop the crazy cravings!
6. Enjoy Ginger, Peppermint and Chamomile Tea. These soothing teas will help any uncomfortable stomachs post party foods. If you have any alcoholic drinks, sip on a liver supportive tea such as dandelion root tea and lemon water is also helpful.
From all of us at Little Choices Matter we wish you abundant health and happiness this holiday season!