Posted on 12/5/2012
The holidays are just around the corner and holiday parties have already begun to ring in the season. So, what a better time to provide some helpful tips to you, my readers, to stay on track this holiday season.
Here are some tips to help you stay slim during the holidays, if you are maintaining your weight. If you are trying to lose weight, don't let the holidays derail your efforts. These simple tips will help you from having to re-start your effort all over again!
- Drink plenty of water every day. Water not only keeps you hydrated, but it also keeps you full and is great for digestion and your overall health.
- Rest is key, especially during the holidays when stress is high. Remember, too much or too little sleep is not good.
- Portion and calorie control is key in any weight loss or healthy weight management regimen. It all comes down to calories in vs. calories out.
- Never attend a holiday function hungry, otherwise you may overindulge in unhealthy food. Choose a small, healthy snack, such as yogurt, cheese, fruit or vegetables.
- Don’t go shopping hungry, since you will likely purchase unhealthy foods and not make the best choices.
- Choose wisely at holiday dinners and functions, such as lean protein, raw, steamed or roasted vegetables, fresh fruit, cheese and very small portions of "indulgent" foods.
- If you do drink alcoholic beverages, choose one glass (2-4 ounces) of wine instead of mixed drinks or beer, which contain more empty calories. Plus, red wine, in moderation, has been found to have many health benefits.
- If you are traveling, bring healthy snacks with you so you don't have to eat unhealthy options that are common when traveling. This is true with shopping as well, pack small healthy snacks instead of dining out.
- Keep in mind that the holidays are about family and friends, not food.
Your greatest asset in life is your health, so make sure you keep it top priority and at its best especially during the holidays.
Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.