So it’s that time of year again… we end up losing count of the mini quiche and cocktail snacks we had for dinner, wine is always on the menu, and any desert made with chocolate and alcohol (ie rum balls) are a must have. Well I must say, (and you have heard me say this before), don’t forget about the 80-20 rule. Stick to healthy eating according to Canada’s Food Guide 80% of the time but allow yourself a treats for 20%. Special occasions come around once a year, but it doesn’t mean we want to overeat to the point of being uncomfortable. Find a balance that works for you and focus on the connectedness of the holiday season rather than the food. Here are a few tips:
Plan ahead and continue to eat regularly. Just because you are having turkey dinner at 5pm doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat anything earlier in the day. Have balanced meals, every 3-4 hours, throughout the holidays and have a plan for what you are going to eat at the party/dinner event.
Have healthy snacks on hand. This is true during the semester when you are at school but this also goes for when you are out for a full day of shopping. Mandarin oranges are great to go, and pack some plain nuts/seeds as well.
Serve plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. For holiday flair dress up your vegetable platter with red and green peppers or add fresh cranberries or pomegranate seeds to your punch.
Enjoy alcohol in moderation. Alcohol can dehydrate you and adds extra calories. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soda water with lemon/lime.
Keep moving. Shopping can actually be a part of your daily physical activity, you can learn more my joining an upcoming health promotion program, 7 Weeks to Wellness.
Best of the season to you all,