Notice that we are talking about holiday weight maintenance, trying to diet during the holidays may set you up for a fail. You know you’ve been looking forward to the cookies your Mom only bakes once a year, or trying that recipe you’ve been fantasizing about. The key is moderation not deprivation, when may spin you in the wrong direction.
- Guilt is not an excuse. Don’t give up today just because you overindulged yesterday. Get back on track as soon as you can.
- Good fat curbs cravings. Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds & avocado can reduce carb cravings. Have these types of food for your midday snack before a night of partying.
- Step it up! Invest in a health tracker or simple step counter to find out how much you actually move during the day. Work up to 10,000 steps per day as recommended for optimum health.
- 3 Bite Rule. Go ahead and sample the sweets and treats, but keep it to 3 bites only. Festive parties offer a variety of satisfying nibbles, just keep it to 3 bites per option and you won’t feel deprived. Split heftier treats with a like-minded friend or two.
- Healthy Substitutions. A few simple options to replace fat and sugar in your own holiday baking can make a difference. For desserts, dips and casseroles; substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, cream cheese, eggs and milk. Baked goods do not suffer from the replacement of oil with unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana and at least 1/3 less sugar. But remember, just because it’s “healthier” does not mean you can eat twice as much. Moderation is key.