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Three Holiday Eating Do's and Don'ts to Stay Healthy

hands-reaching-for-food-sq (1)Now that you’ve successfully navigated through the belly-busting Thanksgiving buffet table and the allure of leftovers lingering in the fridge, the hard part comes next. That’s enjoying the rest of the holiday season without succumbing to the not-so-sweet side of desserts and other treats—the packing on of pounds.

The good news is that the holiday season doesn’t have to be synonymous with overindulgence and weight gain. Follow these do’s and don’ts to enjoy the season while staying on track with your healthy lifestyle goals.

Don’t eat more than you typically do. You’ve learned the importance of sustainability throughout your weight loss journey and your commitment to getting in shape. The holiday season shouldn’t be an excuse to abandon healthy eating habits. Stick to your usual portion sizes and avoid overeating. Indulging excessively will only lead to feelings of guilt and discomfort and potentially having to buy bigger pants.

Do permit yourself to enjoy a few treats. While it’s important not to go overboard, there’s no need to deprive yourself entirely of your favorite holiday treats. Remember, moderation is vital to maintaining a balanced approach to eating. Eliminating all indulgences can backfire and increase the risk of falling off the wagon. Allow small portions of your favorite treats to satisfy cravings and stay on track.

Don’t let a few “naughty” meals spoil your month. If you happen to veer off course and have a few high-fat, high-sugar, or high-carb meals during the holiday season, don’t let it discourage you. One or two indulgent meals won’t undo all the progress you’ve made throughout the year. Focus on the big picture and prioritize healthy eating. Remember that you have plenty of days to enjoy nutritious meals and get back on track.

Do bring your own dish to the party. Heading to a holiday party can be daunting when faced with an array of unhealthy options. Take control of the situation by bringing a healthy side dish or appetizer to share with others. Not only will you contribute to the festivities, but you’ll also ensure there are healthier choices available. By supplementing the menu with your own dish, you can enjoy a well-rounded and nourishing meal.

Don’t bring home leftovers. While it may seem like a considerate gesture to take home leftovers, it’s best to resist the temptation. Bringing unhealthy food into your home will only perpetuate bad eating habits beyond the party day. Instead, savor the meal in the moment and leave the rest behind. Return to your healthy routine promptly and let someone else deal with the excess indulgence.

Do consider the big picture. Remember that healthy eating is not a short-term goal but a lifelong commitment. You’ve dedicated yourself to improving your health for 11 months, so why abandon your progress now? Approach the holiday season as an opportunity to make sensible choices that align with your long-term well-being. By staying true to your goals, you’ll enter the new year feeling stronger, fitter, and grateful for another year of self-care.

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