It’s December; everyone is feeling festive, you’ve started your shopping, and holiday party invitations are likely pouring into your inbox. You’ve worked so hard all year to tighten and tone that body, so how can one avoid the seasonal pitfall that is Seasons Eatings? Fireside drinks and Yuletide fun don’t have to fall by the wayside if you use a few helpful tips and swaps.
Hang up your New Year’s Eve dress or suit where you can see it every time you get in and out of bed throughout the month of December. This will trigger a reminder to stay on track, and help keep you motivated!
Eat Before you go.
Having a healthy snack before leaving the house will curb severe hunger cravings that can make us lose our rational thinking. Try a cup of broth-based vegetable soup, some vegetables with hummus, olives, or a pickle spear wrapped with lunchmeat.
Deck the Plate.
In a buffet, fill half your plate with greenery, such as salad or colorful vegetables. This ensures you don’t miss the fiber-filled, nutrient- rich foods that keep your blood sugar stable.
Don’t Get Stuffed.
Between gooey cinnamon breakfast breads and heaping mounds of savory stuffing, portions of carbohydrates can be a problem. Try to imagine your golden-brown food fitting into a champagne glass, and have no more than a half-cup serving.
Refill on Water.
During parties, keep refilling a glass of water with a slice of lemon or lime and hold it in your dominant hand at all times, imagining that it is duct-taped to your palm. It will feel awkward to snack with your other hand, and will keep you conscious of potential mindless munching. A focus on conversation will make you a better guest, anyway.
Swap This for That.
Keep some simple swaps in mind. Temptation is everywhere, and you could save hundreds of calories in a single meal by making a few of these easy substitutions:
- Swap butter for chicken stock to season vegetables and potatoes to save up to 200 calories per serving.
- Swap mixers for soda water and citrus to save up to 120 calories per drink.
- Swap added salt for lemon juice or garlic to add satisfying flavor.
- Swap mashed potatoes for roasted root vegetables, such as beets, parsnips, and carrots, with rosemary or sage.
- Swap that green bean casserole for some flavorful roasted Brussels sprouts.
- Swap pecan pie (500 calories) for pumpkin (300 calories).
By Robin Beaudoin