It’s a busy time of year packed with social engagements, end of year parties and of course, lots and lots of treats. Here are a few tips to help you keep yourself accountable and make it through the season without going overboard.
The holidays can often be a really good excuse to splurge and indulge but the winter months do not have to ruin the hard work you’ve been putting in all year. But staying healthy doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun, either.
Get some sleep.
Between late nights and early mornings getting your sleep in during the busy holiday season seems impossible but it will pay off big time. Studies have found that people who get less sleep are prone to eating more and going straight for sugar laden carbs.
Eat before you go.
You might think that you’ll be better off skipping meals, or just having a small bite, before a party, to “save the calories” but it’s much more likely that you’ll binge once you get there. Instead, try and eat a healthy, filling meal before heading out to your parties so you arrive satisfied.
Stay away from the snacks.
When food is in front of you, it’s natural to reach for food when it’s in front of you, especially if it’s little nibbles. Try spend more time catching up with family members or co-workers away from the snack table. Out of sight, out of mind.
Use a smaller plate.
Studies show that using a larger dinner plate will lead to you eating more without even noticing – more space, more food. But the illusion can work the other way too. By using a smaller plate you can trick your brain into believing it’s eating more than it actually is, leaving you full and satisfied with a smaller caloric intake.
Think before you drink.
Most holiday parties will be laden with champagne, hops and grape as far as the eye can see. While a few drinks might make it easier to talk to your neighbour’s new colleague, cocktails pack a real caloric punch. If you want to drink, choose a glass of red wine, or a light beer. If you want more than one drink, alternate each drink with a glass of water.Written by Lauren Jacobsen, Nutrition Director