The winter is coming and so are the holidays! We have survived Thanksgiving and Halloween, but what about Christmas and New Year? To make things harder, there is always someone’s birthday in the middle of the holiday tussle. Is it even possible to eat healthy at this time of the year? Last year we covered the topic of Guilty Pleasures During Holidays, as well as Beating the Holiday Blues.
This year, the main question is – how to keep your diet as healthy as possible while still enjoying sweet and juicy holiday meals? We have done some research instead of you and we found out interesting things. In fact, it is possible to eat healthy during the holidays! We provide you with some tips that can help you survive this time of the year.
All the family gatherings are always accompanied by BIG lunch. There are appetizers, sweets, alcohol, and a lot of meat and not-so-healthy prepared vegetables. Naturally, you want to try a little bit of everything, and, by the time the main meal is at the table, you are already bloated and overeaten.
Honestly, we have all been there. But there is a way to eat healthy and avoid this. The solution is not so complicated and it says: limit your portions!
That is perhaps the easiest and the most obvious solution, but also the hardest. The best way to restrict your portions is to decide how much you will eat in advance. After that, the only thing you should do is stop yourself from eating more than that. It sounds simple, don’t you think?
Every person alive knows that being active is the key to healthy living. Nevertheless, it is difficult to put theory into practice, as we all can admit.
However, being active can do a lot for your overall health plus it can help you with the potential weight gain during the holiday season. You don’t have to go to the gym to keep yourself dynamic. Workout at home, walking with your family and things like that can do a lot to improve your weight and mood also. Even minimal exercise will lessen your cravings for unhealthy food.
Your workout doesn’t have to be long or extremely intense. It is more important that you exercise regularly. Even a 15-minute exercise can make a difference. If we are being honest, we all have so much time.
Don’t Stress Too Much
Stress is one of the main factors of overeating. When we are nervous or anxious, we tend to indulge in unhealthy habits like grabbing a snack every now and then.
The healthier way to deal with stress is to, first of all, limit our stress income. Exclude all the negativity in your life, as much as you possibly can.
Second of all, it is desirable to find a way to release the stress that we will still absorb. No matter how hard you tried, life is full of surprises and you cannot avoid being stressed out completely.
But, be aware that you won’t get rid of the stress if you eat! In fact, you will just gain weight and then stress over that all over again! The better option is to find an activity that will be interesting to you and keep your mind occupied and relaxed.
We hope that these pieces of advice will help you deal with the upcoming holiday season! Christmas Magic is in the air!