Staying on Track During the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving!! While spending time with friends and family, keep these tips in mind to stay on track with your health and wellness goals this holiday season.

  • Eat a high protein breakfast
    • Remember, protein foods will keep you fuller for longer and curb your hunger. Try some greek yogurt with fruit or eggs with veggies.
  • Fill up on lower calorie appetizers first
    • Fresh fruits/veggies, shrimp cocktail and low fat cheese are safe bets with fiber and protein.
  • Stick to no calorie or low calorie beverages
    • Remember, beverages calories add up quickly! Each glass of wine/beer will add about 150 calories. Stick to light beers, or wine spritzers, or seltzer water with lime.
  • Survey the table before picking your food
    • Make a game plan rather than feeling the need to grab everything.
  • Take one less spoonful
    • Portion sizes are usually larger, so serve yourself one less spoonful than you think you need. Chances are, you’ll still be satisfied.
  • Slow it down
    • Remind yourself that the food on the table is not going to disappear. By eating more slowly, you can focus on the flavors of the food and the company.
  • Watch out for added calories
    • Calories can be hiding in sugary cranberry sauces, gravies, eggnogs, coffee creamers and butter
  • Choose your dessert wisely
    • Opt for smaller serving sizes and fruit if it’s available.
  • Go for a brisk walk after dinner
    • Any movement is good movement!
  • Make that sandwich a wrap