Looking to enjoy the summer holiday while staying on track with your health goals? It may seem tricky. After all, ‘tis the season for family, food, and festivities—lots of food and festivities.
Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt all our normal routines. What’s worse, is it goes on for a few weeks.
So, how do you stick to your meal plan when everyone around you seems to be indulging? With a few helpful tips, you can thank us later…
5 tips that will help you stay on track:
Moderation will be your saving grace during the holiday season. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying an indulgent, festive dinner — but you’ll want to make sure that your meals surrounding it are healthy and nutrient-dense. For example, start your day with something light and healthy, like avocado on toast. At lunchtime, you could opt for a salad with olive oil dressing before welcoming a delicious festive dinner.
Slow down during meals
While the decadent food might make us eager to eat, a key tip to staying healthy over the holidays is to slow down during mealtime. Various studies have shown that eating slowly can give our stomachs enough time to send the hormonal signal to our brain telling us that we’re full. This can stop us from accidentally overeating and help us maintain better portion control.
Fit in favourites
No food is on the naughty list. Choose the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year, like Christmas malva pudding. Slow down and savour a small serving. Don’t forget to include it in your meal plan.
Don’t skip meals
Skipping a meal with the goal of saving calories prior to a holiday event can often backfire and lead to overeating. Having a filling snack, such as fruit, string cheese, yoghurt or a small handful of nuts, can curb your appetite and prevent overeating.
Visit the people, not the food
Move socialising away from the buffet or appetizer table to prevent mindless eating
By following these healthy eating holiday tips, you can stay on track and set yourself up for success. You’ll also start the New Year on a high note, which is an achievement in itself.