There are numerous time-tested strategies for keeping holiday pounds from accumulating; try some of this article‘s suggestions for the ounce of prevention that might stave off the need for (losing) pound(s) of cure … plus you might find New Years resolutions easier if you’re not weighed down with a ‘heavy’ item on that list. The idea isn’t to be an ascetic and deprive yourself of holiday fun, but merely make a few simple, easy changes that maximize the cheer while minimizing the fear … of having to work hard to get to back the weight you feel comfortable with.
Here’s an article that asks: Why do we crave fattening foods during winter? … and these suggestions to do something about it !
- Eat (breakfast or lunch) before drinking and celebrating.
- Choose protein (satisfying) over empty calories
- Bring your own (particularly easy for potlucks, but more and more often hosts are familiar with guests bringing their own special diet fare)
- Chew thoroughly; eat slowly.
- Serve restaurant-style: leave other courses in the kitchen
- Go for fiber (veggies, legumes, etc. stave off cravings)
- Use smaller plates.
- Include healthy fats (Replace butter and oil with foods like applesauce, avocado, banana, flax, avocados (guacamole), nuts, and olive oil.
- Choose natural sugars (e.g. fruits, veggies like jicama, whole grains) over refined sugars.
- Sneak in veggies; if you’re the chef, puréed veggies (like pumpkin) can replace less healthy fats; try an avocado chocolate pudding and see if your guests can guess the main ingredient!
- Just say no: phrases like “I’m full” or “I’m saving room for …” or “I’m taking a break” can all help.
- Wait a while before seconds; give your brain the requisite 20 minutes to register that you’ve had enough; honor your appestat.
- Go easy on white stuff; refined flour, refined sugar; but enjoy the whole grain, complex carbs in moderation
- Buy give-away plastic-ware for giving your guests take-home portions.
- Freeze leftovers.
- Turn off the TV (particularly the food commercials).
We’ll provide the remaining suggestions next week. Happy Holidays! 🙂