The holidays: they can be the best time of year but without a bit of oversight, may also leave you feeling downright exhausted. We may give ourselves permission to indulge, more than usual, and sure it’s fun, but is it worth it? Usually not. Yes, we love pecan pie as much as the next gal and we’re not here to be Ebenezer Scrooge. But we are here to make a few suggestions on how to curb the cravings with our friends at Prescribe Nutrition. Here are their top tips to get through the holidays feeling better than ever.
Be mindful. Don’t skip a meal because you overindulged on the last one. You are much more likely to go wild on the not-so-good-for-you food if you haven’t been properly caring for your overall dietary needs.
Skip the fancy cocktails. Remember, creamy and sugary drinks will exponentially add to your caloric count for the day. Stick to simple alcohols and wines and alternate with water.
Start with salad and veggies. These provide a ton of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Put them on their own plate and start with that! They’ll make you less ravenous later.
Don’t fill up on bread. Enough said. Wait for the good stuff!
Consider your environment. Where are you standing and chatting? Standing next to indulgent (and let’s admit it, drool worthy food) is far more likely to fare poorly than if you are hanging next to the veggie and dip platter.
Make choices about indulgences. Don’t feel like you have to have it all, because we promise you, this is not the last day you will see three pies at once in your life. We promise.
Wait before going back for seconds. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to signal to your brain that you are full, so savor every bite of the deliciousness—and give it a pause before heading back for more.
Go mini. A forkful of pie or cheesecake will do less damage than a whole piece. And enjoy it! Occasional indulges will not ruin all your incredible healthy eating efforts!
Gift giving and receiving. Decide in advance how you will handle gifts of cookies and sweet. Our advice? Put them out immediately so everyone can enjoy. Breathe deeply, enjoy the company of the ones you love, and smile knowing you’re taking good care of yourself and the ones you love.
To get you in a festive mood, here Prescribe Nutrition's favorite holiday cocktail:
CRANBERRY MINT SPARKLER
1 part Campari
1 part cranberry juice, unsweetened
3 parts Prosecco, or other sparkling wine
5 fresh mint leaves
1. In a glass filled with ice add all of the ingredients.
2. Lightly squeeze or twist (to release the oils) the mint leaves and add to the glass.
3. Stir one last time and enjoy. If you want to kick it up a bit sweeter, coat the rim with a quick dip in lime juice and light dusting of coconut palm sugar.
p.s. We are going to unplug this season - care to join us?