6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays Successfully

It is so easy to get carried away during the holidays then wake up in the New Year with more of ourselves to love. I find that it is much easier to navigate the holiday season successfully if I have a plan to follow. Here are some helpful tips that I put together to help you welcome the New Year with a smile instead of a grimace.

  1. Skipping breakfast and lunch is a sure recipe for overeating at the Thanksgiving table. Our bodies aren’t meant to handle 2,000-3,000 calories all at once and will store excess calories as fat.
  2. Better to eat smaller amounts and drink lots of water throughout the day and really enjoy a healthful dinner.
  3. Control your portion sizes: Draw a 12-inch dinner plate in your mind and divide it into three-inch-sized circles with each one representing one food group: proteins, vegetables and starches.
  4. The key is to stay within your circle for each food group: If you like turkey and ham, fit a little of both in one circle. If you’re worried about the food choices, bring your own low-calorie dish or veggie tray to family gatherings.
  5. Be active: Go for a bike ride, a long brisk walk, a run or spend at least one hour at your local gym to burn calories before the big Thanksgiving meal. Plan a family event that involves physical activity—a pick-up game of basketball, a snowball fight, a long brisk walk outdoors or a family bike ride—before, during or after the big meal.
  6. Be mindful of your alcohol intake: Mixed drinks tend to have high amount of concentrated sugar and quickly add empty calories. One glass of wine may be reasonable, but remember alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which makes it nearly twice as fattening as carbohydrates or protein.