One of the pleasures of the Christmas holiday season is gathering together with family and friends…over food, right?
And yet we all know how difficult it can be to not be tempted to either overeat, or eat things that are not the best for our health. However, we can maintain our healthy eating habits while at the same time enjoying the delicious-ness of the holidays, by simply planning ahead a little.
For instance, the University of California at Los Angeles has provided a simple plan for healthy eating during the holidays:
“Plan Before You Eat – When you arrive at celebrations, check out all the food options and develop a plan which will enable you to sample foods you enjoy without abandoning the good habits you’ve formed. Remember, it is OK to have some holiday treats, just spend your calories wisely and then enjoy the foods you choose!”
“Don’t arrive on an empty stomach! – Although you may be tempted to skip lunch so you can splurge on dessert, don’t! Have a bowl of cereal, vegetable sticks, fresh fruit, a salad, a handful of nuts, or a small sandwich before you arrive. Skipping breakfast or lunch may cause you to overeat and consume more calories than you would if you had eaten something beforehand.”
There are more – see the rest of the ideas that they recommend for maintaining your healthy eating habits while at the same time enjoying the delicious-ness of the holidays.