Thanksgiving is now in the rearview mirror, and we are cruising right to the heart of the holiday season. This means different things for different folks, but most of us at least have this in common: food. Chocolates, pies, and cookies (lots and lots of cookies…) will be shared with friends, families, and co-workers alike during December festivities. With so much temptation, eating healthy during the holidays can be difficult. Let’s try to help you on the right path, though!
We know this won’t be easy. Everywhere you go, plates of goodies will be calling your name! Your willpower will be tested, but these tips can help:
- Keep portion control in mind. You can try your best to avoid all sweets during the holiday season, but it’s better to be realistic. Having a small slice of pecan pie is probably not going to be too detrimental to your health. Eating an entire pecan pie, on the other hand, is not the smartest move you can make.
- Stay hydrated. There are two reasons for this – one, it will help you eat less, and two, sometimes you are actually thirsty when you think you’re hungry. Drinking a glass of water before you eat is proven to help you eat less than you otherwise would. Now, not all beverages are equal! Stick to water and herbal teas, and avoid sugar-laden soda or alcohol that causes dehydration. (Those less-healthy options should only be consumed in moderation.)
- Eat healthy during the week. If you are able to stay strong and eat healthy foods throughout the week, a “cheat meal” at a holiday party will not be as bad as it otherwise would.
- Focus on your fitness goals. Keeping your fitness goals in mind is one way to help you avoid the temptation of holiday goodies. For optimal effectiveness, keep a focus on what you are trying to achieve (positive association) instead of putting on extra weight (negative association).
- Bring a healthy dish to pass. When you bring food to holiday get-togethers, bring along a dish that is both delicious and healthy! This way, you know there is guaranteed to be at least one nutritious dish at the party.
Eating healthy during the holidays is important for your foot health, but also your overall wellness. If you would like additional information, or need to request an appointment with either our Carson City or Gardnerville offices, call us at (775) 783-8037.
Our entire team here at Sierra Foot & Ankle hopes you and your loved ones have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!