Tips for Staying On Track This Holiday Season


So… the holiday party season is upon us. Are you worried about staying on track? Here’s some tips to stay committed during the party season!

Alcohol
The beverages are going to be flowing, and just because you are living the clean life doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks, and change your meal plan during the day accordingly. Alcohol is a carb, so if you know you’re going to have a drink, don’t go overboard with the carbs during the day. Also, choose one or the other – a drink or a dessert, you don’t need both! Champagne and wine are the lightest alcohols. Liquor and beer have tons of extras to make you feel bloated and elevate your blood sugar.

Dessert
Like I said above, don’t have a drink and dessert. Choose one or the other. Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you should over indulge. Both are typically filled with extra carbs and sugar, so choosing one will be more than enough to satisfy you. If you do choose dessert, share with someone! You can each get something and sample them, so you are getting more of a variety. If you really want to stay on track, bring a dessert with you! You can make a yummy and clean dessert, and have some while there. Choose something on this list. 

Appetizers
Don’t fill up on tons of bread and apps when you first get to a gathering if you know there will be dinner served! Choose something on the lighter side, like cheese with wheat crackers, veggies, or fruit. Skip over the french bread and fried goodness and save it for someone who is waiting until the new year to start on their goals.

Dinner
Again, choose the cleanest available. Protein, complex carbs, and veggies are still good options. Use good portion control like always! Try to pass on any types of casseroles or white potato dishes.

Another good option is to eat a light meal at home before the party. DO NOT go to an event or holiday party starving, because maintaining control will be nearly impossible. If you have a low calorie dinner, it will save you some room to snack on some light appetizers or pick and choose only the cleaner dinner options. If you eat something satisfying before you leave, you might not even want dessert! 🙂

Whatever happens, don’t beat yourself up. One day of eating unhealthy won’t make you gain weight, just like one day of eating healthy doesn’t make you lose weight. But staying on track through this season will set the precedent for the new year and keep you ahead of the game!

Enjoy your holidays, spend time with your friends and loved ones, and be thankful! Just remember, an experience isn’t made by food – you’ll have a great time whether or not you eat the cookies.

 

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