How to Avoid Overindulging This Holiday Season

By Ivy Bagley

A few tips can help make the holidays a little less scary when it comes to maintaining your health journey.

  1. Offer to bring a healthy item yourself. This sounds simple but often we forget we can bring something as simple as hummus and veggies to share.
  2. Use smaller plates. And, don’t go back for seconds.
  3. Choose vegetables first when filling your plate. 
  4. Don’t arrive hungry. Eat a light healthy snack- ideally protein based- to keep you feeling full.
  5. Drink water prior to and during your holiday parties/meals.
  6. Start off with a soup or salad option.
  7. Choose a healthier dessert or eat a smaller portion of mom’s pumpkin pie.
  8. Try mashed cauliflower verses mashed potatoes. Or, look at other substitutions- I promise you can find great substitutions.
  9. Take a walk with your family before and after the holiday meal.
  10. Allow yourself grace if you do overindulge and get back on track the next day.

Holidays are a special time, but remember to keep focused on your health journey as we celebrate with family and friends.

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