Get Proactive with Your Eating This Holiday Season
The holidays are quickly approaching and with that comes a vast array of tempting foods and enticing
sweets. For those of us trying to stick to a healthy diet it can be a stressful time. How do you make
decisions that align with your goals, while also not missing out on the fun? Here are some tips to help
1. Don’t cut calories.
Leading up to your holiday party you might be tempted to “save” your calories to allow for a big
meal. However, cutting calories will cause feelings of deprivation and blood sugar fluctuations
that will in turn lead you to go into overdrive when faced with all the carb laden options at the
buffet table. You may actually end up eating more than you would have if you’d stuck to your
normal eating routine.
2. Go into each party with a game plan.
If you plan ahead for what foods will be served, and how you might be tempted, you will be
better prepared to manage those cravings and won’t be as likely to make impulsive decisions.
Think of what you want each meal to look like, and know your minimums, i.e. I have to have a
least one handful of veggies at each meal, or I will only have one dessert instead of three.
3. Use a smaller plate.
Studies have shown that we tend to eat everything we put on our plate. Using a smaller plate is
a simple way to trick our brain into thinking we’ve had a large meal without over-doing it.
Instead of a dinner plate, opt for the smaller salad plate and don’t go back for seconds.
4. Pre-game with healthy snacks.
While waiting on the main course to be served snack on some carrots, broccoli, edamame,
celery, etc. Eating a healthy snack beforehand will help take the edge off your hunger so you
don’t over-indulge, and also ensure that you are getting a serving of healthy vegetables.
5. Eat slowly and to 80% full.
If all else fails and you find yourself walking away with a plate loaded with candied yams,
mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie (we’ve all been there), remember to
eat slowly and to 80% full. These techniques will help you recognize your body’s hunger cues,
and will ensure that you are satisfied but not so stuffed you need to unbutton your pants to
If you are stuck and need some extra support during the holidays or are looking for a way to get
back on the bandwagon once the holidays are over contact us at Virtue Strength and
Conditioning at 225-443-0090 to join our Pre-sale list for our nutrition coaching program! We
are only opening 10 spots so grab yours while you can!