As we approach this season of abundance, I thought I would share a few easy holiday nutrition tips that might help.
Choose your booze
If you choose to drink holiday cocktails, pick cocktails that are lowest in calories and are made without sugary mixers.
Drink 8-ounces of water after every alcoholic drink you consume.
Set a realistic, measurable imbibing strategy that you are willing to commit to during the holiday season. For example, choose a set number of cocktails that you allow yourself to indulge in per week.
Crowd out your cravings.
If you have cravings listen to them as your body might be giving you a message that you are deficient in some nutrient. So instead of depriving yourself, try crowding out those perceived sugar cravings by eating more complete food combinations.
Pile it high and bulk up.
Pile your plate with extra veggies this holiday season. This will leave less room for indulgent items. Then bulk up on sweet roasted root veggies like carrots, squash, beets, etc. Roasting root vegetables brings out the sweetness, will add bulk and help you feel full and help with those cravings for something sweet.
Slow down and chew your food.
Chew every bite of food until it is liquid (minimum 20-30 chews). Train yourself to chew. Notice the texture of the food before you swallow. Don’t swallow big pieces.
Stick to eating whole foods.
When at a party look for the dishes that are make from whole foods. Try to choose fresh, natural, non-processed foods. Ideally recipes that are made from whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic meats and eggs.
There’s nothing worse than ruining the day after a gathering with a food or alcohol hangover. So why not try one or two of these tips? If you do, let me know how it worked out for you.
Wishing you a lovely and heartwarming Thanksgiving. And I hope you enjoy every minute of every day of this holiday season. Love life, be happy, don’t stress and take pleasure in the holidays.
With many thanks,