The holiday season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean putting health on the back burner and gaining unwanted weight. Sure, there will be a lot of food at various events, but guess what? You can enjoy it—in moderation. By following the tips below, your disposition can stay stay sunny, your face will still glow and, most importantly, your health goals will remain in check.
Try these easy tips on for size:
1. Stick to a regular eating routine. Don’t skip meals, even if there’s a big event at the end of the day. Saving calories for later is basically saying that you will overeat later.
2. Before heading out to an event, grab a small snack. You’ll be less likely to eat and drink too much when you arrive. One example: a low-fat yogurt with a piece of fruit. As an added bonus, the antioxidants found in fruit are vital in speeding up your skin’s natural repair systems…
3. Schedule exercise into your week, just as you do your dinners and parties. Now is not the time to let your exercise routine slip. If you need to wake up an hour earlier to squeeze in a workout—just do it!
4. At events, concentrate on being social. Having food in your mouth makes it difficult to talk. Another fun strategy: buy a new lipstick (perhaps a festive deep red which is so in style now) that won’t look as great on your lips after you have been noshing away.
5. Carry a fabulous clutch to cocktails parties, so you have a drink in one hand and the clutch in the other—leaving no hands free to grab food.
6. At parties, peruse buffets before getting in line, and identify the healthiest choices. Avoid second helpings. You might even want to consider wearing a form-fitting dress—it will remind you that just about everything on that buffet table is better off where it is.
7. Watch your portion sizes, particularly if healthy dishes are not available. A little bit of unhealthy fare is much better than a lot of it.
8. Prepare healthy, home-cooked meals on the evenings when you’ve got nothing planned. Broiled salmon with steamed veggies and a crisp green salad can be just what you need. The salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids helping reduce your body’s production of inflammatory compounds that are involved in the aging process.
9. When dining out, avoid the breadbasket. Start with a salad (dressing on the side) and order fish more times than not. Stick to broiled, grilled, steamed, roasted or baked entrees without heavy cream sauces.
10. Be careful of increased alcohol intake since these calories definitely add up. Stay away from cocktails made with juice, soda or syrup. And remember, the more you drink, the more likely you are to lose control over your food choices.
11. Don’t skimp on sleep. The less sleep you get the more likely you are to make poor eating choices the following day and the less likely you are to stick to your workout regime. Also, we all know that lack of sleep never wears well on our face.
12. Make healthy changes now, not later. Forget the New Year’s resolution to get on track and lose weight. Truth be told, it’s probably already overdue. Make the healthy changes now, and you’ll be that much further ahead come January.
With a little planning and mindful eating, you won’t out grow any clothing this holiday season or put any extra lines on your face!
Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian, media personality, spokesperson, and author of The Small Change Diet. Gans’s expert nutrition advice has been featured in Glamour, Fitness, Health, Self and Shape, and on national television and radio, including The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, Primetime, and Sirius/XM Dr. Radio. Follow her on Twitter @kerigans, and like TheSmallChangeDiet on Facebook.
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