Most of us have to travel for the holidays, leaving us at the mercy of fast-food restaurants. Some meals appearing “average” in size can add up to a whole day’s worth of calories. A large order of french fries can contain as many as 1,000 calories. Add a hamburger and an extra-large soda, and you’re getting more than 2,000 calories in one sitting. And thus, the spiral has begun….
Real-World Strategies for Holiday Feasting…
- Use a smaller plate. Skip the platter, and serve your meals on smaller plates. Your plate will look full, but you'll be eating less.
- Slow down and skip second helpings. Eat one reasonable serving and don't immediately go back for seconds. Wait at least twenty minutes. Give yourself time to digest and serve yourself more food if you are still hungry.
- Drink a glass of water before you eat. Water takes up space and is calorie-free.
- Start with the fruits and veggies. Many of us don't eat enough vegetables anyway, so take this opportunity to eat the healthier options first. You may find that you have less room to overindulge in high-calorie foods.
- Skip the dips and dressings, especially the creamy ones, or opt for a lower calorie version if available.
- Try small amounts of multiple foods rather than taking two or three servings of any one food. (I like doing this because my portions are smaller and I get to taste more dishes.)
- Limit your alcohol intake. I love a cup of holiday cheer as much as the next person, but I do not love the empty calories. If you do have more than one alcoholic drink, make a point to drink a full glass of water between drinks. It will slow you down, fill you up, and help keep you from getting dehydrated.
- Stick to your exercise routine during the holidays or start one. It drives my family nuts, but a morning run is crucial during holiday visits….both for the exercise and for the ‘alone time’ in a madhouse environment!
- Don't beat yourself up if you slip. Tomorrow is a new day, and you will have another opportunity to do better and feel good about making healthy choices.