With Thanksgiving behind us, we may already be starting to feel the holiday pounds. With office parties, cookie decorating, and Christmas buffets, what can we do to avoid feeling bloated and unhealthy during the holiday season?
- Still drink plenty of water! This is a big one for me. I am constantly drinking water, but during the holidays when there are plenty of other beverage options, water often gets left behind.
- Eat healthy during the week and skip the leftovers (or only eat the healthy leftovers). With all the Thanksgiving leftovers, I just made myself 2 portion-controlled plates with the healthy options. It’s nice to take a break from cooking, but I also didn’t want to be overloading on carbs for a week.
- Limit the alcohol. This is major! You don’t have to skip the drinks completely, but alcohol is a major calorie bomb. Not only does it add calories to your diet, but it also dehydrates you and makes you feel bloated.
- Don’t leave the house without a snack. If you are in for a day of shopping or a long drive to see your parents, bring a healthy snack like almonds, fruit, beef jerky, or granola bars. This will help you avoid temptation in the food court and the drive-thru.
- Don’t obsess over it! Is your family having a huge meal with all the fixings? No need to stress about the amount of butter that grandma puts in everything. One large meal won’t completely ruin your diet. Just don’t let the holidays turn into a month-long cookie binge!
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