Holiday Eating Tips

Candy, cakes, and Christmas cookies. Temptations are everywhere during the holiday season. But if you want to keep your figure, here’s a few tips to keep you trim.

When party day arrives, you want to make sure you’ve had a snack before the big event.

“A lot of people will starve themselves all day because they know they’ll be at a work party and the food there will be all good and then they over eat and of course it just spirals out of control,” said Kathy Nutt, Personal Training Manager at Fry Family YMCA.

Once you get there, be mindful of portion control.

“Give yourself one dinner plate and maybe just food that you like the best, knowing that you don’t have to have it all at one moment,” said Lisa Carroll, Dietician at Rago and Associates.

Socializing can also help with your eating pace. You want to make sure you spread equal times listening and talking, which is also called the 50/50 rule.

“When you’re not talking, you can feel free to eat and when you are talking, you can pause the eating for a moment. I think that if you could slow it down, you could probably be able to listen to your hunger in fullness cue,” said Carroll.

After you’ve filled up, give yourself a break and get what you missed ‘to go.’

“I always say ‘B.Y.O.T.’ bring your own Tupperware, and be able to think that there’s leftovers, most places are going to allow you to have leftovers,” said Carroll.

And if your busy holiday schedule has cut into your gym time, there are still a few things you can do to stay active.

“You should be that person who parks the farthest away, that’s a very simple thing to do because you’re just going to walk in there anyway, whether it’s a grocery store or Wal-Mart or whatever. You can park the farthest away and exercise that way and take a few laps around the store since its cold out,” said Nutt.

Even on vacation you can still find ways to burn some extra calories.

“Walking a little bit more, using the stairs instead of the elevator, some of these hotels are really tall, but what the heck, you can go up half way and then maybe ride the elevator again and then take the stairs,” said Nutt.

With these holiday tips in mind, you won’t feel so guilty when indulging in your favorite sweet treats.

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