The 12 Healthy-eating Tips of the Holidays

The holidays have arrived and that means family, fun and food! I am sure many of you would agree that Thanksgiving through New Year’s is the hardest time to stick to your healthy eating habits and fitness routine. Fitness Together has come up with some tips to help you get through the holidays and not throw off all of the progress you have made this year. Here are our 12 Healthy-eating Tips of the Holidays.

        1.    Each holiday is only one day.

We always remind our clients that Thanksgiving is just one day in November and Christmas is just one day in December. Allow yourself to enjoy those days, but avoid stretching each holiday into a week or month-long eating celebration. And while Hanukkah does last for eight days, pick just one to be your big dinner night.

        2.    Scan the entire buffet line before loading your plate.

Oftentimes, we start at one end of the buffet line and fill out plate with every item between there and the end of the table. But take a quick minute to scan everything that’s available before your pile up your plate and pick out your favorite healthy items.

        3.    Make your first plate your only plate.

Once you’ve made your way down the table, don’t return for seconds. Especially if you are eating foods that are not normally a part of your healthy lifestyle, keep the quantity to a minimum.

        4.    Keep up your water intake.

Drinking water, especially before meals, can help keep your appetite lower so you don’t overindulge.

        5.    Watch your beverage consumption: both alcoholic and non can be full of calories.FT Fitness, Gym/Fitness in Cary, NC

A great way to avoid over-drinking your calories and keeping up your water intake is to alternate between pleasure beverages and water. If you have a glass of wine, follow it up with a glass of water.

        6.    Keep up your fitness routine.

We know the holidays are a busy time of year and sticking to your workout schedule can be difficult. But make it a priority to stay on track with your fitness so you can burn away any extra calories you may eat.

        7.    Bring healthy dishes to potluck parties.

When bringing your own dishes, put together something delicious that doesn’t make you feel guilty for eating afterwards. Perhaps a fruit plate with greek yogurt?

        8.    Don't skip meals to make room for another.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but skipping meals doesn’t keep you from gaining weight. More often than not, it simply causes you to overeat at the next meal.

        9.    Go light on or skip the items that have heavy sauces on them, such as gravy and cheese sauces.

These additions can take a balanced meal to one that’s full of calories and fat very quickly.

       10.    Don't stand next to the buffet lines.

This will help you to avoid the temptation to return for that second serving. Out of sight, out of mind.

       11.    Skip the appetizers.

Enjoy the dinner by not filling up on appetizers beforehand. Snacks and hors d'oeuvres often have little nutritional value and simply add on calories. If you feel the need to snack, stick to the veggies, but avoid the dips.

       12.    Try out some alternative recipes.

We always offer our customers some great ways to change up their traditional recipes with more healthy options. You don’t have to skip the turkey stuffing, but there may be a better option that doesn’t contradict your healthy eating habits.

With these tips, we hope you can enjoy the holidays and still maintain your healthy lifestyle. If you’d like to change your current routine into a more healthy and active one, Fitness Together will work with you to find a plan to fit your life. Call us today and start your New Year’s resolutions on the right foot!