The holidays are upon us with a lot of delicious temptations. I have eaten my fair share of Halloween treats already. It is no secret that many gain a substantial amount of weight during the holidays. I am going to try to eat well, drink in moderation, and be merry without gaining!
The way I plan to do this:
- Eat a light, fiber-rich breakfast. Women should eat 25 grams of Fiber a day.
- Eat at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables a day. – Go for the whole palette of colors found in produce to get the full range of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and a good dose of fiber. Have at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables and 1 in the red, yellow, and orange group each day, and a good source of Vitamin C fruit to keep colds at bay.
- Make one meatless meal a week. We are trying to eat more fish at home. Much to my surprise – our kids LOVE it!
- Monitor your food intake with a food journal. I am using my fit bit for this. I am also tracking my water intake with it.
- Drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water per day. Cutting back to 1 – 12 ounce can of Diet Coke a day.
- Don’t stock up on seasonal treats. If they are in the house I will eat them!
At the Party
- Bring a Healthy Dish. Bringing a nutritious dish will be appreciated by health-conscious party-goers, and this way, you know there will be something healthy to eat.
- Make only one trip to the buffet. When you have filled your plate, station yourself away from the buffet table to prevent nibbling.
- Be satisfied with small amounts. The first taste is as good as it gets.
- Skip the cheese cubes, buffalo wings, and other fried foods. Fill up half your plate with salad and raw vegetables, and the other half with spoonfuls of low-calorie, energizing foods, like shrimp with a lemon squirt or cocktail sauce.
- Pause between sampling. Make sure you still have room for more.
- Keep hydrated, but go easy on the alcohol, as it adds 150 calories per drink.
- Don’t take a vacation from exercise. I plan to take lots of walks, sled with the kids, go ice skating, & bowling.
- Change my clothes rack back into the treadmill it once was. Then use it.