The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, which normally include large amounts of food and beverage one may not normally consume. To keep your weight on track, CGH’s registered dietitian nutritionist’s, Mary Magee, MSN, RDN, has shared some tips to keep you on track:
- Eat a snack before you head out
- Focus on not gaining; Don’t try to lose
- Try to keep up with your regular exercise
- Enjoy your favorite foods in smaller amounts
- Splurge on the foods that make holidays meaningful for you
- Stay flexible—sneak in exercise—walk to your car, walk after dinner
- When you approach the dinner table, survey the entire table before you take any food—which are worth eating and which don’t mean much to you
- Eat your calories rather than drink them; choose lower calorie drinks such as wine spritzers, lite beers or seltzer
- Drink a large glass of water between each alcoholic beverage—for both hydration and to lower your caloric intake
- As a host, provide lower calorie foods such as fruit and vegies; as a guest, bring your favorite lower calorie dish Eat slowly, chew thoroughly; notice and savor the taste and texture
- Eat slowly, chew thoroughly; notice and savor the taste and texture
- Don’t hang out near the food; focus on people instead of eating
- Watch portion sizes—you don’t need to fill your plate
- If you don’t love it, leave it.
- Keep track of what you eat
- Sacrifice only makes you desperate!
THERE IS NO FAILURE, ONLY FEEDBACK!!