The holiday season is a special time of year to be enjoyed with family and friends. With all the family gatherings and parties, food is abundant and delicious -- and far too tempting. It's easy to toss your healthy diet out the window and overindulge in sweets and rich, fatty foods.
The following tips can help you stay on track and enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty or deprived.
1. Be a food snob. If you don't absolutely love it, then leave it. Stop and ask yourself if it's worth it. If the answer is yes, then practice moderation -- a small sliver of cheesecake eaten slowly and mindfully will be as satisfying as a big slab.
2. Raid the veggie platter. Skip the fatty appetizers and fill up on veggies. They're high in fiber, rich in nutrients, and low in calories.
3. Limit liquid calories. When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we tend to not register fullness and end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. Alcoholic drinks are usually high in calories (and make it more difficult to resist temptations), so fill up on water or seltzer before your meal.
4. Focus on protein. Eating protein prior to sugars will help minimize spikes in blood sugar. Protein will also help you feel full. Start the night by snacking on nuts in addition to veggies.
5. Stand up. When you're at a party or buffet, get one plate and step away from the food table. Stay on your feet -- it makes it harder to go back for seconds and helps with digestion.
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