5 Tips On How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

The holiday season isn’t all about the feast. Most of the time, it’s all about being with your friends and loved ones and spending time with them on this special season. If you’re focused on your health but you’re scared that with Christmas just around the corner–and you’re aware that ‘Tis the season for gaining weight, don’t fret. We’ve come up with a few tips and reminders on what you need to do in order to put a stop to your yearly fear of breaking your healthy diet. Now, you can have healthy holidays!

1. Socialize more, eat less.

Instead of staying in one corner and focusing on the food that’s on your plate or the table, socialize with your friends or family. The more you participate in their chats about random stories, the less you’ll end up overeating because you’re focused on the conversations and not the contents of your plate. After all, it’s normal to enjoy the company of your family and friends. Why not use this time to talk and spend time with them? There’s no actual need to eat your heart out!

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

2. Don’t say yes to everything.

If a relative of yours sees that you’re sitting in one corner, not having fun or not participating in any conversations, the person is more likely to offer you something to eat just to please you! It would even feel rude not to say yes, but sometimes, you have to learn to say, “Thank you, I’ll have some in a bit.” Don’t refuse outright, but feel free to delay and they might just forget about it later. Don’t panic and immediately hand them over your still-half-full-plate.

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

3. Be aware of your portions.

Think buffet style, wherein there’s a lot of options and you don’t want to put a whole lot of it on your plate all at once because you won’t be able to finish them. (Nobody wants leftovers! So make sure that you’re not putting too much on your plate in one sitting.)

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

4. Lay low on the sauces.

Surprisingly, some sauces can contain more calories than the main course. It may seem like the food won’t be 100% amazing if the sauce isn’t poured like it was soup, but you might want to avoid putting too much.

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

5. Don’t drink too much.

This is very understandable that social drinking is very common during the holidays. But you might want to put the cork back earlier than the usual if you don’t want to ditch your healthy lifestyle. While it’s not always bad to participate in social drinking, too much of everything is not good. Always remember that discipline is the key in order to keep your health in check.

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

While these tips may not completely avoid the possibility of eating or drinking more than the usual this holiday season, it’s great that you can be reminded of the things you should and should not do. It’s always up to you to manage your food intake. It’s always your motivation and discipline that will make the actual difference. Don’t let a couple of refills and portions get in the way of your health progress! Healthy holidays are possible, with the right choices.

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  • Jenifer Jeni says:

    Truth bombs! I do these mistakes every year and end up gaining weight after the Christmas season. Now that I’ve read this, I hope I won’t gain as much weight this year.

  • Maria Bruce says:

    I never thought that the sauces can do this much! I’ll reduce the sauce intake this year… Lol.

  • Jeni Morgan says:

    Never think that it’s bad to say no to too much servings. If you really can’t eat all of it, it’s better to just refuse it than to end up with too much leftover in your plate. Not only will it make you look like you didn’t enjoy the food, you’re wasting food too. No one will hate you for eating what you think is just enough for you to finish! Trust me, that’s so much better. Don’t ever feel bad for sticking to your healthy diet and not wasting food. This article has said it all, just learn how to say no without saying no outright.

    • Hi there! I agree with you. It’s way worse to waste food while there are a lot of starving people out there. Some may even not be able to celebrate holidays like us.

  • Selli Coaze says:

    Great tips. I keep doing the same mistake every year and I didn’t think stuff this simple can create a great impact on my body. Definitely trying this.

  • Angela Henderso says:

    Another tip is to use the holiday season rush to stay active. Walking around the mall doing christmas shopping and putting up the tree and all that fancy decoration is a good cardio workout for those who are having a hard time fitting exercise in their already busy routines. Stay active and you will burn all those calories away.

  • Jurik Smith says:

    It’s true that the sauces sometimes contain most of the calories. The gravy and all that!

  • Lana Wiliam says:

    Lack of discipline is usually the case why people overeat during the holidays. They call December cheat month, destroying all the yearly progress they’ve done. That’s something you don’t want to do. It’s not worth it.

    • Jesse Wyss says:

      I agree. You can gain a lot by binge eating or leisure eating. You can gain everything you lost in just a month! Don’t waste your progress.

  • Zerin Martin says:

    I agree with the last part of this article. It really is possible to stay healthy during this season as long as you make the right choices.

  • Holiday is the best day to eat! 🙂 Eat healthy foods and this article is a big help!

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