🎄🎁 The holidays are about family and friends, love and sharing. However, our excesses might lead to new unnecessary resolutions during the new year. Here are some nutrition tips to enjoy the holidays in a happy and healthy (body and mind) way, regret-free. 🍖
1. Take your time ⌛️
Taking the time to taste and savour every single bite during the holidays is essential. Take note of the different flavours and textures in your meals, one bite at a time. Not only will you have more pleasure out of each bite, but this will also help with portion and appetite control. Since it takes up to 20 minutes for your body to detect fullness, you will most likely eat what you need instead of over-eating.
2. Smart Snacking 🍍
Many people tend to starve themselves before feasting to allow themselves to eat more. This is not necessarily the best way to enjoy your meal. Starving prior to any meal (and especially before a delicious holiday meal) could lead us to eat even more and even faster than we would usually eat, and can cause bloating or gastric discomfort. To prevent this from happening, I would recommend a smart snack before your holiday feast. A nutritious snack will prevent extreme hunger before a meal and will help you be in control of your food choices. You will then be able to eat according to your appetite, rather than with your eyes. Here are some snack ideas
- Greek yogurt and granola
- Crackers and light cheese
- Vegetable and home-made hummus
- Pita crisps and Tzaziki sauce
3. Drink wisely 🥂
Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) can be filled with a lot of empty or non-nutritious calories. Therefore, limiting the amount of beverages or making the best drink choice could be beneficial and leave you more flexibility with your foods. Here are a few drink ideas:
- Fruit infused water (orange, lemon, grapefruit and fresh mint OR grapes, berries and fresh basil)
- Home-made iced tea
- Fresh lemonade
- Wine (red or white)
- Gin and tonic water
- Bloody Mary (made with low sodium tomato juice)
- Mimosa (made with fresh orange juice)
4. Balance ⚖️
Try to limit excesses or restrictions, but rather go for a balance. It is all about balance between want and need. In every plate, try to incorporate foods from different food groups (vegetable, meats, starches), including foods that you love in reasonable quantities.
🎄🎁 Happy Holidays!