The aftermath of the holidays can have most of us feeling guilty about binge eating and getting off track with our health and fitness goals. Below are tips and tricks on how to be mindful during the holiday season and jumpstart the New Year (health related) resolutions.
Drinking plenty of water helps your body function properly and can help aid in weight loss since the increased hydration helps to eat less and feel fuller longer. Drinking water can also help to avoid extra servings during mealtime.
Eat Smaller Meals
Eating close to your usual mealtime can help to normalize blood sugar levels. If Christmas dinner is served later than usual, eating a snack at your usual meal time can help to keep portions smaller during dinnertime.
Don’t Cut Out Food Groups
Many fad diets recommend lower fat and carbohydrate intake and as a result can cause nutrient deficiencies and fatigue. Instead of cutting out food groups, use a smaller plate and pay close attention to portion control using the MyPlate guidelines which suggest making vegetables half of your plate and including whole grains as a quarter of your plate.
Eat Favorite Foods Slower and Less Frequently
Christmas is the time to indulge in sweets guilt-free. Eating favorite foods slower and more mindfully can help savor the taste, make portion sizes smaller, and pay attention to hunger and fullness ques.
With all the commotion during this time of year, it may seem impossible to squeeze in going to the gym. Other ways to keep moving during this time of year is shoveling snow, ice skating or bringing the kids sledding. Physical activity helps to keep the extra weight off from overeating and reduces stress during the holiday season.
About the Author.
Written by Shanell Fyle
Hy-Vee Dietetic Intern
410 S. Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001