16 Dec Three Tips for Creating a Holiday-Proof Food Plan
Congratulations! You made it past the Thanksgiving feast, but now you are looking at a lengthy stretch of days during which you will have to resist the temptation to snack on a variety of holiday treats. To help keep yourself on track with your healthy eating plans, keep these simple tips in mind throughout the remainder of the holiday season.
Tip #1: Stick to Your Schedule
One way to avoid overeating when holiday meals and snacks are served is to stick to your regular eating schedule. If the holiday meal will be served later than your usual time for eating, eat a small snack at your usual meal time in order to keep your blood sugar steady and to reduce the temptation to overeat when dinner is served.
Tip #2: Bring a Health Snack
If you are visiting friends or family for the holidays, offer to bring a healthy dish as your contribution to the holiday feast. That way, you are guaranteed to have a healthier option to enjoy as you resist temptation to reach for those foods that are high in carbs and sugars.
Tip #3: Choose Wisely
If you decide to allow yourself a little treat for the holidays, be sure to make smart choices. Pumpkin pie, for example, is a better option than pecan pie. In fact, pumpkin pie has at last one-third the amount of sugar as pecan pie. You can also choose to use a small plate for your treats and then choose your treats selectively. Be sure to eat your treats slowly. Not only will this allow you to savor the flavor, but you will also decrease the amount that you eat because it can take your brain up to 20 minutes to realize that your body is full.
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