In a survey we conducted last year, we learned that 45% of respondents put-off their health and weight loss goals during the holidays. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t ways to keep yourself on track.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Susan Bowerman shares four tips on how to survive this tempting and delicious holiday, without having to loosen up your belt buckle.
1. Snack before the party
While it may sound counterintuitive, snacking is a useful tool in resisting overindulgence. Starving yourself before the festivities will cause you to overeat so try to eat protein-rich snacks before heading out to a holiday feast to help you feel full and prevent you from overeating.
2. Swap for more nutritious ingredients
A lot of what we eat on Thanksgiving tends to taste the same year after year and doesn’t always offer the best nutritional value. Consider including a crisp salad or tangy slaw as a refreshing alternative. I prefer to use cabbage because it is rich in antioxidant isothiocyanates, and the garlic also provides antioxidant sulfur compounds. Instead of a single vegetable, make a mixed vegetable dish for the table for a better variety. Enhance your stuffing by adding nuts, fruit (fresh or dried) and vegetables and use whole grain bread for a more nutritious product.
3. Practice eating with intention
So, you’re there at the party, and it’s time to eat. The first thing you should do is navigate the buffet table and consider your options. Mindful eating is all about knowing what you put into your body. Limit liquid calories such as alcohol and soft drinks, cut back on taste testing every dish, and savor every bite.
4. Watch your portion sizes
If a smaller plate is available, choose that over a larger plate. Keep meals balanced with protein, and focus on foods with lots of fiber. While you don’t have to count calories during the party, be mindful of how much you eat. Definitely stop eating when you’re full. According to our holiday study, 30% of Americans overate to the point of getting sick!
A healthy, active lifestyle is a long-term commitment – not something to turn on and off. But if you’ve been waiting all year to taste your mom’s homecooked dish, please don’t deprive yourself.
For best results, stick to a balanced diet that isn’t overly restrictive, and combine it with consistent exercise.
For more nutrition tips from Susan Bowerman, visit www.IAMHerbalifeNutrition.com.