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6 Tips to Help You Survive the Holiday Season

6 Tips to Help You Survive the Holiday Season

 

by: Natalie Logan, RD, LD, Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine

 

Although it has the tendency to get a little crazy, the holiday season tends to be everyone's favorite time of year. It's always fun to see your relatives but with all of the office parties and family gatherings, it's very easy for your health and nutrition goals to get sabotaged. Here are a few tips that can help you get through the next few weeks.

 

  1. Is Your Belly Empty? Don't go to a function starving (or skip a meal before getting there) as you're more likely to overeat and eat more of the not-so-healthy stuff. Instead, eat a healthy snack like fresh fruit or vegetables paired with a protein or healthy fat beforehand (i.e. apple with nut butter or veggies with hummus)

  2. Limit or avoid the high calorie or sugary drinks (think eggnog, creamy coffee drinks, hot chocolate). Keep in mind that alcohol adds extra empty calories and also alters your thinking when it comes to choosing junk foods.

  3. At the family feast. Try to fill at least half your plate with the veggie dishes. Then grab a handful of lean protein while the rest of the plate can be your favorite sweet potato dish or mashed potatoes. All in moderation just don't forget the colorful veggies first!

  4. You be the Good Guy. Bring a healthy dish to your function - that way you know when in doubt, just eat what you brought.

  5. Where are you hanging out? If you're hanging out by the appetizers you're probably going to eat the appetizers...hungry or not. A lot of family and friends like to gather in the kitchen even when it's not time to eat. Chances are you'll mindless eat if the food is right there at arms length.

  6. Slow Down! Sit down with you friends and family and enjoy every bite of the homemade dishes and goodies. When you eat fast it will take longer for your body to register it is full and you may already be on your second plate.

At Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine, we want to make it easy for you to eat healthy this holiday season. As Atlanta's premier healthy meal and lifestyle service, we provide everything from meal prep to convenient pickup/delivery to free nutrition coaching and support. Happy Holidays!

 

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