How are you doing with leftover holiday candy? Â Is it time to throw it out, or give it away? Â Any tempting food item you leave in plain sight on your home counters, on your work desk or eye level in your cabinets can be tempting. Â MOVE IT!
The holidays are here. Â To prevent the typical American holiday weight gain of 3-9 pounds, I encourage my clients to have a plan. One idea, as you select your holiday menu always include a couple of Â low calorie veggies, like roasted asparagus, and a big green salad. Â If you want the recipe just E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s your favorite healthy eating holiday tip? Â Many of my clients like: “Drink a glass of water, club soda, or low calorie pop before every alcoholic drink.” It will save you loads of calories.
Do you snack standing? Â Do you grab a few nuts, a handful of cereal or eat a piece of turkey while making a sandwich? Â It may be your fat behavior preventing weight loss. Many of my successful clients only eat sitting. Â Let me know if this helps you.
Look out for high calorie winter comfort foods. Â Instead stay warm and cozy with a variety of flavors of tea, calorie free flavored coffee or herbal teas. Â Plus a bonus, tea contains polyphenols with health properties for weight loss, heart disease and cancer.
If you are about to make dinner now, do you practice healthy habits? Â Many of my clients used to nibble while cooking. Â The calories add up from that bite of melon, piece of meat, taste of pasta, etc. etc. etc… Try using a 1/2 teaspoon for seasoning tastes.
Planning a vacation for the holidays? Â Avoid a weight gain by sticking to healthy eating for the first half of the trip. Â Try picking up baby carrots or other veggies from a grocery store when you arrive at your destination (you can even pack veggies in your suitcase). Â The veggies do not need to be refrigerated for a few days.
Check back next week for more tips for avoiding holiday weight gain!
Gail Posner, RD, MS