Let’s face it, it’s hard to eat healthy during the holidays. But you don’t have to be resigned to the fact that you’re going to need to set some weight-loss resolutions once the new year rolls around.
Here are six strategies you can follow to help you stay on track with your dietary goals throughout the holiday season.
Track What You Eat
Keeping a journal or using one of the countless fitness apps available to record what you eat throughout the day can help you keep yourself accountable and committed to whatever goals you have set for yourself.
Pack Healthy Snacks for the Workday
How many times have you gone into work only to find that a coworker has brought in their favorite cookies or dessert to share with everyone?
Resisting the urge, especially while others around you are giving into temptation, is one of the hardest things to do. Bring healthier snacks, like nuts, fruits and veggies, to stash at your desk for moments like these.
Don’t Be Afraid to Enjoy Some Sweets
This might be the most important tip of all: Be realistic.
Throughout the holidays, you’re likely to find yourself surrounded by sweets and rich foods. Don’t be afraid to enjoy the flavors of the season — just do so in moderation!
Don’t Skip Meals
We all know how busy this time of year can get, and skipping breakfast or lunch might seem like the only way to get all the work, shopping and activities in before the holidays. But if you’re concerned about eating well, skipping meals opens you up to more snacking and potentially overeating later.
Make sure you get a good breakfast to start your day, and if you’re going to be heading off to a party at any point, try nibbling on some fruits and veggies to taper your appetite before you arrive.
Try Healthier Alternatives to Holiday Favorites
Making your favorite holiday treats just a little bit lighter can go a long way. From guilt-free eggnog to heart-healthy gingerbread cookies, there are countless recipes available on our website and across the internet that drop the calories without sacrificing any of the taste.
Having someone there to keep you accountable throughout the ups and down is one of the best ways to keep up with healthy eating goals. Whether you partner up with a friend or family member or work with your primary care doctor, you’ll find that it’s easier to stay on target when someone else knows your goals and your challenges.
This is even more important and valuable if you’re someone with diabetes. Fortunately, if you live in Charles County, the expert teams at the Center for Diabetes Education or with UM Community Medical Group – Diabetes and Endocrinology are ready to help.