TIP OF THE MONTH
Stay Healthy During the Holidays
Beat the Urge to Overindulge on Holiday Goodies
Let’s face it we all love food but we are often filled with regret after we indulge in too much. It is so easy to load our plates with all of our favorite foods during the holiday feasts; there are just too many delicious options! Here are some tips to help you eat the foods you love without the morning after feeling of regret.
- Be food conscious the day before and the day after. Lower your caloric intake and eat lighter meals both the day before and the day after. This way you can afford to splurge and eat the foods you want on the Holiday.
- Fill yourself up with fruits and veggies. It can be our first reaction to grab all the appetizer goodies when we first arrive at the party. Instead of going for the chips, breads and dips, splurge at the veggie tray. This will make you feel fuller and you will eat less at dinner.
- Eat your favorites. At dinner do not withhold yourself from your favorite foods, just take smaller portions. These smaller portions will allow you to fill your plate with food you do not want to miss out on.
- Watch your liquid calories. Make water or unsweetened tea your first beverage option. Also, keeping a water bottle in hand will help cut down your overeating. If you are of age and would like to enjoy an adult beverage, limit yourself. Substitute eating a cookie for your alcoholic beverage.
- Tame your sweet tooth. Don’t deny yourself that rich and decadent piece of cake but rather split the goody with someone. You can also just cut the original serving in half.
Manage your leftovers
Managing your leftovers is a good way to prevent splurging days after the meal. It is also important to know the correct ways to properly store your leftovers to ensure safety.
- Give out “doggy bags.” Send your guests home with plenty of treats.
- Divide your leftovers. Separate your leftovers into single-serving containers and keep Turkey and gravy separate. (Use turkey and stuffing within 3-4 days and gravy within 1-2).
- Utilize your freezer. Not ready for your leftovers? Use freezer bags and store food for the winter. Make sure to label the containers, including the date you packaged it and use within the first few months. (Never defrost at room temperature, microwave or thaw in the refrigerator).
- Reheat properly. Make sure the container is microwave safe before reheating the leftovers in the microwave. Cover food with plastic wrap for even heating and retaining moisture, but make sure to vent a corner to avoid steam build up. Reheat foods in uniform pieces. This will ensure even heating.
According to howdoyouroll.com, Studies have shown that if you exercise 30 minutes to 1 hour before an event, such as Thanksgiving dinner, and also first thing in the morning the day after, your body will store less of the calories as fat.
If you have a hard time finding time to get to the gym, engage in other physical activities such as taking the stairs at work or doing housework. Any activity is better than no activity. If you do find yourself with ten extra minutes engage in a short but intense workout. This can include a set up pushups, crunches, 1 minute jumping jacks and any form of exercise that gets your blood pumping.
Keep yourself motivated and go to the gym when you can. Find a workout buddy and set small reachable goals. Be proactive and don’t just wait for the New Year to get fit.
~ Brianna Miller ‘16
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