Today's guest blog is from Dr. Kristen Bentson is the creator and owner of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition.
Caution—Holidays Ahead. Okay, get ready; here comes Santa, Sleigh Rides, Snow and all that food, glorious food!! If there was one question I answer the most, it’s how to get through holidays. Why? Because every holiday (whether it be Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) revolves around food. I've got a couple tips to get you through (and of course you are always welcome to join the YouAnew Program and get one-on-one coaching individualized to meet your needs!!).
Here we go!
Tip 1: SMALL PLATES!! Face it, you’re gonna fill it, right?!? I’m guessing you won’t want to appear piggy, so you don’t load your plate to the point that mashed potatoes and gravy overflow onto the holiday table cloth. If you have a small plate, you will probably eat just the right amount. If grandma already set the table with mondo sized dinner platters, envision that your plate has a border and is half the size.
Tip 2: GO SLOW!! The tendency is to wolf food down. I know, I know…It’s all your favorites and in anticipation of the feast, you haven’t eaten for days. Here’s the deal, if you move slowly, savor your food and enjoy the company, you will not only enhance your holiday experience, you will eat less. When you eat less, you have less work to do to shed those post party pounds.
Tip 3: MORNING RUN!! If you know you are going to eat (a little) more than a typical day, add an ADDITIONAL ½ hour or 45 minutes of morning exercise. This will help to offset the extra calories. Plus, you’ll have more energy, feel happier and better enjoy your day!
Tip 4: STEER CLEAR OF MARSHMALLOWS!! Most holidays feasts are made up of super nutrient rich foods! I LOVE turkey, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pearl onions. YUMMY and HEALTHY! Here’s what I don’t love is the “enhancers” like gravy, butter, French fried onions, candied topping and cream. Skip those add-ons and avoid the post party pooch.
Tip 5: DON’T STUFF YOURSELF!! Stuffing is for turkey only. Don’t ever allow yourself to get totally full. Shoot for comfortable satisfaction.
Keep calm, stay in control and focus on your family! Enjoy every minute with those you love the most.
About The Author: Dr. Kristen Bentson is the creator and owner of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition. Her mission is to show people how to change their lives, how they look and how they feel by changing their approach to food.