‘Tis the season for indulgent foods, sugary cocktails and non-stop holiday parties. But that doesn't mean your healthy habits need to be kicked to the curb until the New Year. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy while holiday party hopping.
Frequent drinking and eating out causes water retention, so be sure to drink plenty of water during the holidays. Also, try to forgo the sugary cocktails and stick with red wine, or modify a signature drink that’s lower in sugar like club soda and lemon with vodka.
Instead of mindlessly grabbing the passed hors d’oeuvres, use a small plate to keep track of how many snacks you're consuming and use your hands to measure: your palm is about 2 to 3 ounces.
Try to fill your plate with a mix of foods. Instead of a pile of cheese, balance it with protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and vegetables. Vegetables should be half your plate with protein ¼ and whole grains the other ¼.
At a sit-down dinner, portion sizes are typically larger and there will be multiple courses. Try sharing to keep portion sizes in check. This also ensures no food goes to waste, a win-win!
It's very important to keep your exercise schedule during the holidays. If you’re traveling, bring running shoes so you can take a walk or jog before a meal and help keep your appetite in check. After dinner strolls around the block also help with digestion.
Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if you over-indulge. The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family, and good food. Avoid judging yourself and start new the next day.
Got more nutrition questions? Book a consultation with NYHRC’s nutritionist who can help you cook up some healthy habits.