1) Eat only the best sweet treats
There will likely be lots of sweet temptations during the holiday season – your coworker brings in a pecan pie to work, your book club members bring Christmas cupcakes to your meeting, and holiday parties become a potluck of yummy desserts. Before you indulge in each and everyone, ask yourself – is this really a special holiday treat? If it’s your grandma’s pumpkin pie that she only makes once a year – dig in. But another box of store bought cookies out in the office break room? Take a pass.
2) Drink smart
Holiday parties often have opportunities for drinking alcoholic beverages - remember that calories in these add up quickly, especially in mixed drinks. Light beer or vodka and seltzer are some lower calorie choices. Alternate between alcoholic beverages and water during the course of the night.
3) Plan ahead with a healthy day of eating
Don’t hold off on eating all day to “bank” your calories for the party that night – you’ll most likely be starving by party time and end up binging on high calorie treats. Instead, be sure to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. If you won’t have time to eat a light dinner before the party, be sure to snack on a fiber and protein rich snack beforehand. Fiber and protein help you feel full and satisfied longer, so that apple and peanut butter may help you fight the urge to pick at all the appetizers when you arrive.
4) Be prepared
If you’re bringing food to a party, consider bringing a healthy option – that way, you know there will be something for you to eat. Top a fruit salad with some pomegranate seeds for a delicious and festive touch to a healthy dish.
5) Keep moving
Remember that not all holiday activities have to revolve around food. Ready to brave the cold? Try a Jingle Bell run this week. Need some extra excitement at the family get-together? Get everyone in the family moving with some Dance Central for X-box Kinect. Staying at a hotel for New Years? Take advantage of that indoor pool and do some laps on New Years Day.