Bite it with Britt column: How to survive holiday eating
Bite it with Britt
As crazy as it sounds, you don’t have to gain five to 10 pounds this holiday season. Being mindful of what you’re eating while continuing to exercise will keep you from ruining your weight-loss efforts.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year — you get a few days off to spend time with your family and friends to celebrate. What’s not to love? Well, I for one am not a fan of the holiday-party circuit with all of that fatty food at every turn — and don’t get me started on those holiday cocktails. Throwing caution to the wind and indulging in every craving will only make facing reality on New Year’s Day a lot harder. But I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy the festivities and indulge a bit without getting out of control. Here are a few tips to live by this holiday season.
Plan for the day
If you know that you are attending a holiday party or dinner, it’s probably not a great idea to eat a huge stack of pancakes for breakfast. Save the heavy eating for the evening and stick to whole foods and protein for the day.
Hors d’oeuvres … Choose wisely
When appetizers are being passed around, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’re eating. You can eat an entire meal’s worth of calories before you even sit down for your actual meal. One strategy is to eat small appetizers like veggies (ones which aren’t drowned in dressing or sauces) and other low-calorie crunchers. Also try to choose only lean protein and low-fat items.
Grab a smaller plate. You should be able to eat a little of everything you want to have, but, really, how often do we grab just a little of mom’s delicious mashed potatoes? It’s very easy to overdo it when everything looks so good. Slow down, it’s not a race to finish your plate first. Your body needs time to realize it is full. Keep drinking water, this will help you not overstuff your belly. Remember desert is still to come so save some room.
Limit alcoholic drinks
Alcohol is a double whammy. Not only do drinks contain lots of calories, they also make it more likely that you won’t stay disciplined. After a drink or two, those big handfuls of nuts don’t seem too indulgent. If you have a glass of wine, remember that five ounces is considered a serving. With mixed drinks, try using club soda or low-calorie mixers. Skip the wine coolers and hard lemonades since they’re loaded with extra sugar and calories. A low-calorie beer is a good option. Try to limit yourself to one drink an hour. Have an ice tea or a sparkling water with lime between drinks.
Dessert, how do you pick just one?
I know it’s hard because they all look so good, but choose one dessert and keep your portion size small. There are always leftovers that you can wrap up for the next day.
We’re all human, and we should indulge a little over the holidays. Just remember that if you overdo it, it’s OK. Just forget about it and get back on track the next day.
Brittney Glock is a performance nutrition specialist and personal trainer at Midland Fitness. Her expertise in women’s fitness and nutrition is a result of rigorous education and years of living a healthy lifestyle as a working mother of three. Call Britt at 945-4440.
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