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Holidays are meant to be fun. They’re a time to enjoy friends and family. But oftentimes they’re stressful, especially with all the indulgent treats or events that pull you from your healthy routines.
Here are some tips to help reduce food-related anxiety over the holidays so you can have fun and still be healthy.
- Add one big green salad daily or one monster greens smoothie (any fresh or frozen fruits and veggies you have on hand) to your routine to enhance your health. Focus on what you can ADD to your diet rather than what you should take away.
- Eat breakfast to avoid overeating later in the day. Skipping any meals makes you extra hungry later, which makes it harder to make healthy choices.
- Grab a healthy snack before going to a party to help curb your appetite and to avoid showing up so hungry that you will eat everything in sight.
- Pop gum or a mint in your mouth when you’ve had enough.
- Fill your plate with low-calorie items first, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins. Then fill in gaps with calorie dense foods (casseroles, breads, sweets).
- Use a smaller plate (dessert plate or salad plate). You can always go up for seconds.
- Focus on variety! Fill your plate with a wide range of colors and nutrients, rather than just loading up on one food item.
- Keep moving. If you do not have time to fit a three-mile walk in, break it up and fit a 10 or 15 minute walk around the block in whenever possible. These short intervals can be just as effective as a continuous workout!
- Choose your indulgences wisely. Don’t waste calories on foods you don’t enjoy. Instead, pick foods that are unique to the season and that you really enjoy and do not feel guilty! These holidays only come once a year.
- Bring healthy, nutrient-dense snacks to the office and keep communal treats out of sight if possible. The more you see something, the more likely you are to keep going back for more.
- Sip on unsweetened herbal teas and sparkling water throughout the day to help curb appetite and cravings as well.
Healthy snacks to keep on hand:
- roasted chickpeas
- greek yogurt with berries
- fresh-pressed juice
- Veggies and dip
- single serving almond milk
- dark chocolate
- fresh fruit
- flax tortilla chips and salsa
- flax crackers
- low-sugar cereal
- hot cocoa.