LANSING, Mich. — Just because it is the holidays that does not mean you cannot enjoy the food around you. You don’t need to deprive yourself, eat only boring foods, or take your treats with a side order of guilt. Practice some of the following tips to help you stay in control of your diet during the holidays.
- Budget Calories Wisely. Don’t eat everything at feasts and parties. Choose the calories you want to add while you are at gatherings.
- Take 10. It takes a little bit of time for you to start feeling full after eating. Take a 10-minute break, drink some water and the re-assess to see if you are still hungry.
- Distance yourself. Don't stand close to the food table. This makes it harder to reach for food as you talk.
- Eat Something First. Before setting out for a party, eat something so you don’t arrive famished. Before the party eat some carbohydrates with protein and unsaturated fat, like apple slices with peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese on whole-wheat pita bread.
- Drink wisely. A glass of eggnog can set you back 500 calories; wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories. If you drink alcohol, have a glass of water or juice-flavored seltzer in between drinks.
- Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and hinders your ability to control what you eat.
- Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. Dancing is a great way to work off some holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert.
- Eat some veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables, unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter.
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