Before heading to the office holiday party featuring lots of butter, sugar and alcohol, make sure to have a healthy snack. The best snacks have a combination of protein, fat and fiber to keep you satisfied. A great example would be an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter and a dash of cinnamon to stabilize your blood sugar. Set your self up for success and don’t arrive at your function ravenous.
If it’s a potluck bring a healthy dish. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring or tasteless, but doing this ensures that there will be something you can eat guilt free. I guarantee there will be others at the party who will be thankful for the option.
When traveling always bring healthy snacks. From the time you get to the airport you are going to be tempted with festive treats full of sugar and fat with little nutritional value. Once you get to your destination you will likely be faced with the same temptations. Pack fruit, nuts and bars to avoid indulging 24/7.
Be aware of liquid calories.
You know those seasonal “coffee” drinks they start advertising immediately after Labor Day? One of those pumpkin spiced treats can set you back over 500 calories, 20 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar! Not only that, but alcoholic beverages tend to include more creams and sugar this time of year. Traditional eggnog comes in with a whopping 340 calories, 19 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar. For a healthier cocktail stick to a light beer, wine or your liquor of choice mixed with soda water.
Be selective when splurging.
Rather than raiding the break room for store bought sugar cookies, save your spurges for something that is homemade and that you truly love. Keep in mind that you are going to have endless opportunities to indulge this season, so make sure it’s worth it before you dive in.
Get plenty of sleep.
There are numerous studies that show you eat more when your sleep deprived. Not only are your logical defenses down, lack of sleep disrupts hormones that are responsible for regulating hunger. Another downside is that when you don’t get adequate sleep you are much more likely to skip the gym. And speaking of the gym….
It’s so tempting to skip regular workouts during this hectic time of year, but now is when you need it more than ever. Exercise not only keeps your metabolism revved, it also boost your endorphins helping you to cope with the stress of the holidays. If you’re stretched for time, get creative and take the stairs, park in the back of the parking lot when shopping or do some pushups while watching television. Every little bit adds up!