Imagine coming out of the holidays without gaining weight and feeling better than before the season started. It’s possible by keeping the following diet tips in mind to beat the holiday bulge.
Holiday diet tips
Don’t overeat at the holiday spread
Go for a small low-fat snack of fruit or cheese before the party or family get-together. You’ll be less likely to sabotage yourself if you’re not starving! Then when you’re feasting on holiday eats, slow down and tune in to your hunger. When you’re full, stop forking it in.
Be weight-consciously realistic
Don’t expect weight loss during the holidays, but certainly keep your waistline in mind when making food choices. Balance high-calorie holiday offerings with healthy and more frequent small meals. And don’t forget to fit exercise into your busy holiday schedule.
An Ayurvedic approach to holiday weight management and digestive health is to start your day with a cup of warm (not hot) water mixed with the juice of half of a lemon or with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Each day drink at least two cups of tea that features ginger, peppermint (both stimulate digestion and metabolism), nettle (appetite suppressant) or clover tea. Be sure to aim for the recommended eight (8-ounce) glasses of water every day, too.
Fill up on fiber
Fiber-rich foods will fill you up for relatively few calories as well as stabilize your blood sugar and keep your hunger at bay. Eat seasonal high-fiber vegetables, such as spinach, beans, carrots, pumpkin and cabbage. Try casseroles with brown rice, quinoa or buckwheat rather than white-flour pasta or white rice.
The tastier your food, the more satisfying it will be. Use seasonings such as coriander, fennel, rosemary, oregano and ginger, or fall-centric spices, like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Skip the sugary cookies and cakes, and snack modestly on nuts, fruit and vegetables.
Take the time to relax
Instead of letting stress drive you to overeat, breathe deep and relax. Take a walk (especially after meals), listen to music, power nap, and spend time with people you enjoy visiting. Above all, be as happy and thankful as you can be – the holiday season comes but once a year.