Avoiding The Holiday Binge

Temptations abound at this time of year, but celebration doesn’t have to mean overindulgence. Follow these tips to stay on track:

Stay hydrated. Often people treat their bodies’ cues for thirst with food instead. Common party components of alcohol, salty snacks and sweet treats can all contribute to dehydration. Get your fill of water before you dive into the desserts.

Eat before you go. Try a hard-boiled egg, an apple with some peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese. The protein will help fill you up, and you’ll be less likely to binge.

Treat appetizers as a meal. If you’re at a social gathering and eat 400 calories worth of appetizers, make that your dinner. No need to go home and fix a “real” meal.

Limit your alcohol. Empty calories and lowered inhibitions are a recipe for overindulgence. Try alternating alcohol with water, and avoid caffeine. Caffeine speeds up the rate at which alcohol is metabolized and masks its effects.

Buddy up. If you’re worried about eating too many sweets, split your dessert with someone else. You’ll do less damage.

Use a smaller plate or commit to just one round of food. Don’t pile your food so high that’s it’s falling off the plate.

Bring a dish, if appropriate. If you bring something healthy, like salsa with vegetables or a large salad, you know there’s at least one option for you at the party. Take small helpings of other dishes and load up on your healthier one.

Keep your body moving. Regular physical activity helps keep your body energized and healthy. You will have more stamina to resist those extra calories. Despite the extra busy holiday season, make time for your regular exercise routine. Your body will thank you. 800-479-6710