Alright, ladies and gents, now is the time to start the process of preventing the holiday 15...or 20( pounds, that is). With invites to holiday parties taking over your schedule, you cannot help but think how you will maintain your figure through all of this. However, I do understand, you cannot stay away from grandma's peach cobbler and those decadent sugar cookies, along with that oversized helping of stuffing and many, many crescent rolls. Besides self-will and abstaining from eating (which is destined to turn into severe depression), here are a few tips and tricks to keep your mid section slim and trip and keep you rocking your favorite jeans long after the holidays have come and gone.
1. Portion control!
Here is my rule: choose 1 of each food group. Pick between carbs (sliced bread vs. stuffing), starches (corn vs. white potatoes), and sweets (pumpkin pie vs. Apple strudel). I find that this lets you indulge without going overboard.
2. Feel free to fill your plate with all the fruits and veggies you can fit. Never limit yourself on food that comes straight from the Earth. Now, some exclusions from this rule include Cream of vegetable soups and any sort of fruit pies. That's just cheating.
3. Drink water in between bites. It'll keep you full while eating less.
4. Exercise! If you know you are going to be eating three of every desert at the party, go on an hour long walk before hand a speed up your metabolism so it's ready to burn every chocolate chip you scarf down.
5. Eat before you come! An hour or two before you depart, eat a large salad and an apple. Only vegan food before you go, to allow yourself to indulge at the party, but controlled! This will curb hunger and keep you feeling healthy. I find that if I eat a good breakfast, just like eating a salad, I make better choices throughout the day/party.
Enjoy your friends and family. After all is said and done, Christmases are limited; use your time wisely.