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  Shelby Leith   November 9, 2015   Holidays, Diet, Food 0 Comments

7 ways to eat right this holiday season

Velocity Care shares tips on how to avoid overeating this holiday season

Holiday dinnerThe holidays are a time for celebration, giving thanks and spending time with the ones we love. Unfortunately for many of us, the holidays can also be a time for overindulgence, resulting in unwanted weight gain that can be hard to lose over the winter months.

Below is some helpful advice that will help you make the right food choices while attending this year’s holiday parties and events. With this knowledge in hand, you will be able to have fun and enjoy yourself without the worry of adding extra pounds.

  1. Know your enemy. Be aware of the simple fact that there will be food temptations and have a plan ready for how you will deal with them. For example, you may vow to eat only one dessert versus the three different types you may normally consume.

  2. Don’t starve yourself. Many people think it’s a good idea to starve themselves all day before a large family meal, saving their daily calorie intake for the big event. This only leads to hunger and binge eating and can actually cause your metabolism to slow down and lead to further weight gain. Instead, eat your regular meals throughout the day and you’ll feel less of an urge to overindulge later on.

  3. Stop nibbling. Nibbling here and there can seem harmless, but the calories can add up quickly. Instead, make a plate of food for yourself. This allows you to see what you are about to eat and account for your caloric intake. Fill your plate with fruits and veggies first, then add some protein in the form of cheeses, meat or eggs. Make sure you leave only a little bit of room for sweets. A small dessert square or cookie should be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it.

  4. Avoid empty calories. Most beverages contain a lot of hidden calories and sugar. To avoid this, try to stick to water and avoid sodas and juices. When choosing alcoholic beverages, stay away from beer, which is high in carbohydrates, and opt for a small glass of wine instead.

  5. Eat large meals earlier in the day. If at all possible, schedule your large holiday dinner in the middle of the afternoon instead of later in the evening. Your digestion is at its peak at this time of day and your body will be better able to metabolize the food and nutrients.

  6. Bring or prepare a healthy dish. A beautiful salad or low-calorie veggie dish can be a great addition to the holiday meal and will be much appreciated by the other guests who are also trying to “be good.”

  7. Keep moving. Staying active over the holidays is the key to keeping extra weight off and staying motivated to make healthy decisions. This can also be the perfect opportunity to spend more time together as a family. Invite everyone out for an after-dinner walk around the block or consider running in a holiday race as a family on Thanksgiving morning.

Year after year, those holiday overindulgences can add up to excess weight that can be very difficult to lose. Extra weight can lead to high blood pressure, bloating, gas, diabetes and heart disease.

By following these helpful tips over the holiday season, you are sure to be successful at keeping the extra pounds away and staying healthy.

At Velocity Care, we wish you and yours the very best this holiday season. Give your family – and yourself – the gift of good health by visiting one of our urgent care clinics if you are feeling ill. See www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a clinic near you.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

 

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