The holidays are full of family, fun and a lot of feasts. During the holidays it can be hard to maintain a healthy weight. This is something everyone struggles with and often times you hear people say it is impossible not to gain weight during this festive time. While you may feel this is true, there are things that can be done to help avoid gaining too much weight while enjoying the family and food all at the same time. Some things such as healthy snacking, eating smaller portions, recipe substitutions, regular exercise and just saying no are a few of the things you can practice to give you the persistence you will need during this tempting time.
1. Healthy Snacking
Every party you attend will be sure to have something to snack on. Just like when you were a child, you may feel that you want the chips your friend is eating, but you must be an adult and remember how guilty those chips will make you feel later. Almost every party will have raw vegetables or fruits. Try snacking on them, without the dips that usually accompany them. Look for whole grain snacks such as crackers, without the spreads. These snacks will curve your appetite, make you feel less bloated and at the same time, and you will be guilt free.
2. Eating Smaller Portions
Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs; we tend to pile more food on our plate than needed. Consider a smaller plate so you can’t fill up with as much food. A lot of determination will play an important part during this time, keeping you from going back for seconds.
3. Recipe Substitutions
If you will be the one preparing the feast, consider using low-fat cooking sprays in place of oil. Consider baked or grilled meat as opposed to fried meat. To reserve natural vitamins in vegetables, consider steaming them. Replace butter and oil in cakes and cookies with pumpkin or applesauce.
4. Regular Exercise
This habit is always important, and during the holiday season it is no exception. Walking through the malls at a steady pace will solve your shopping and exercise dilemma at the same time.
5. Just Say No
Everywhere you go during the holidays people try to feed you. Many times we feel as though we need to eat just to be polite, but it is okay to say no if you are not hungry. Many times people eat out of habit or just because it is there, but eating when you are not hungry will make you feel full and maybe even cause you to be sick.
Remember, with a little determination, maintaining a healthy weight during the holidays can be an easier task than you think. Just remember that feeling bloated from eating too much will make you feel uncomfortable and then you cannot enjoy the festivities. Eating a full meal can make you tired, so be sure to stay active as opposed to napping after dinner. Remember to eat smart and exercise so you can enjoy a happy, healthy, holiday season.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who is trying to be healthier this year. She currently writes for AEDs Today, a leading supplier of automatic external defibrillators including refurbished aeds for sale.