The holidays can present increased temptations and busyness to derail nutritional goals. Keeping on track takes some planning and intentional choices that you’ve decided to make before the moment you have to make them.
Here’s 5 tips to make this holiday season a nutritionally victorious one—
1. Snack Often and Nutritiously
There’s a break room at work filled with treats, a cookie tray on the kitchen counter from the neighbors, a box of candy from Grandma—the temptations are everywhere. Stock up with nutritious snacks like Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars so that you have healthy, delicious options throughout the day—then you’ll be able to walk by the temptations, rather than grab a bite or two to curb your hunger.
2. Fill Your Plate for the Health of It!
Holiday parties and get togethers may be in your future—these get togethers will most likely include tables set with dishes of empty calories that are not part of your eating goals. When you attend holiday gatherings, look at the offerings, and then fill your plate with the nutritious dishes first—raw veggies, green salads, and clean proteins like lean meats and nuts.
Remember, higher protein foods are more filling, so you’re less likely to want to go for seconds, and more likely to be able to resist filling a plate at the dessert table after the meal. Speaking of dessert, instead of sugary, insulin-spiking treats, eat some fruit if it’s one of the offerings—it will satisfy your sweet craving and calm the sugar monster.
If the party is a pot luck, contribute a healthy dish so that you’ll know there will be at least one nutritious option. Even if it’s not a pot luck, offer to bring a dish—many hosts and hostesses are happy to have others chip in.
3. Healthy Shopping
Shopping can be tiring and long—don’t go hungry to the mall or the food court will be calling your name… LOUDLY! Keep your body fueled and Cinnabon cravings at bay by stocking your purse and car with healthy snacks. Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars easily slip into a purse or jacket pocket so that you can satisfy your hunger until you get to a healthy meal.
If shopping will keep you out all day, have some healthy meal options in mind ahead of time so that you’re not picking a lunch or dinner spot just out of convenience.
4. Practice Mindful Eating
The holidays are a great time to begin or continue to practice mindful eating. As you eat, slow down—put your fork down between bites; think about how the food tastes and smells, and how it feels in your mouth. Really chew every bite. Stop eating periodically when you’re chatting—it’s difficult to keep an awareness of what and how you eat when distracted in conversation.
5. Eat Before the Party
Back to parties… Don’t go to a gathering hungry. Rather than fasting, or eating light, to save your calories for a free-for-all in the evening, eat healthy snacks and meals during the day, and even right before you go out so that you’ll be less likely to want to eat everything you see. You’ll also be less likely to want to over eat if it means blowing your whole day of nutritional success in an hour of indulging.
If you’re running from one holiday event to the other, or coming straight from the office, you’ll be prepared for success if you do keep snacks like Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars with you and have Wild Zora Meals To Go on hand for a quick meal.
With the holidays fast approaching, be prepared and have a plan to ensure this coming January doesn’t include regret over not feeling your best and lost ground for the effort you’ve put toward your best health this year.