Holidays arrive with a lot of expectations from your family and kids, sometimes they plan a party with the whole family and sometimes we plan to go on a long vacation. This totally busts the healthy eating routine we follow regularly.
All these temptations and unhealthy eating takes a heavy toll on your health, thus it becomes all the more important for us to keep a check on what we eat and try to inculcate healthy eating habits during holidays. Here are some tricks which will be of great assistance in solving the problem of unhealthy eating.
Curb The Contact With Holiday Foods
If you have planned a holiday lunch party or a dinner party at home start making the preparations for the party just few hours ago. Do not make them in advance as you will get tempted to taste and then eat them again and again. Try to stay away from the serving table or the food trays so that you do not keep on eating nonstop.
Chalk Out A Healthy Routine
Do not stop following your normal daily routine which you used to follow like if you were cooking the breakfast at home then do not start eating outside just because kids have demanded to eat something form the take always. Let them eat out you maintain your routine.
Eat a bowl of whole grain cereal with a boiled egg or a glass of skimmed milk and orange juice will also give a healthy kick start to your day. If you like you can also eat a bowl of oatmeal’s with fruit toppings with a glass of juice. Never add up the number of meals during holidays and increase them to 10-20 unhealthy meals it will be very tough to face that piled up calories at the end of the holiday season.
Pick Up Your Favourite Dishes
When you visit or attend any weekend holiday party or a holiday get together, always decide upon what you would love to eat in advance from the menu. Take small portions of everything you like, this will not make you feel robbed or deprived of your favourite dish.
Be wise while choosing the food items; always choose the ones which are less in calories and good for your health, because there are many more parties and dinners which you have to attend during the holidays.
Set Realistic Targets
Do not become over stressed about the unhealthy eating habits or weight gain, holidays are for fun and you should enjoy them to the fullest. Have fun, eat out and enjoy with your family and kids. This will de-stress you and you will feel happy and energetic. Do not be preoccupied with what to eat and what not all the time.
It is good to let yourself loose sometimes and eat whatever you want. The dieting regimen should not be kept for holidays as this is the most entertaining and coolest time of your life, so just feel free as a bird and dump all the pressure of what to wear to the party or what to cook and what not to eat. The main motive of holidays is to unwind and to spend some quality time with your family, so do that and have an entertaining time.
Snack Before Party
Eating small portions of healthy snacks will keep you full during the party and you will not jump upon the very sight of those oily and fried snacks served during the party. A light meal or a snack like a cottage cheese sandwich or an oatmeal cookie before the party will kill the appetite or the hunger pangs rising in your stomach during the party.
Set Up A Good Example
If you will make food items which are healthy and tasty even your guests will try and follow the same, like serving a fresh fruit salad as a starter or soup instead of cheese balls or basket of bread is a better and a healthier option.
You can plan an activity which is fun like a musical chair or treasure hunt will make you and your guests run around the house and this will help in digesting the food they have eaten. Any healthy activity will help you and your guests to stay in action after the party and all of you will have a nice pleasurable time together.
Holidays arrive with the enticement of eating lots of fried and tasty food and snacks like your favourite cookies and McDonald’s burger and rick paneer dishes and many more alluring sweet dishes like apple pie or chocolate brownies.
It must be really a toughest job to restrict you from eating these tempting things. But if you make your mind strong and decide to follow some rules then you can easily counter the holiday weight gains by eating healthy. Just feed this in your mind and the job is done, let us check out what these 5 steps of eating healthy during holidays are:
The main trick is to befool your mind and then stomach take small portions or just three small bites of your favourite food and start eating very slowly. This will send a signal of satisfaction to your brain and thus you will not be tempted to eat more.
Snack in advance or eat something healthy before you go out for holiday party or dinner like eating a grilled vegetable sandwich without cheese or munching some roasted dry fruits is a very healthy option. This will keep you away from the high calorie snacks and foods served in the party.
It is recommended by the dieticians that it is better and a healthier option to go for liquids than eating unhealthy foods. SO you can drink a lot of water or diet or cider soda at the holiday party. But if the alcohol is doing the rounds in the party then restrict your consumption of alcohol and keep on drinking water in between, it will give you feeling of full tummy so you will not be tempted to drink more of high calorie alcohol or beverages in the party.
If it is a pool party and you are allowed to bring your own snack then choose healthy and tasty options. This way you will have a choice of binging on one healthy appetizer or dish during the party.
Food is the integral part of any holiday party, but instead of planning or hosting a party which is centred on food you can plan a picnic party. This can be well substituted with any activity party like all of you can go for ice skating or ice hockey and then plan to eat something out or carry your own food. This way you will have a nice get together and stay healthy too.