Holiday Calorie Avalanche
Posted by: Communications Team | December 23, 2019
In the midst of the Holiday Season we are surrounded by circumstances and events that wreck our calorie intake. December comes in at the top of the weight gain list.
A recent article in Forbes Magazine offered a list of America’s Top 10 Most Caloric Holidays. Not surprisingly, Christmas is #2 with an average of 4,000+ calories – Thanksgiving came in first. Like Thanksgiving, these meals can often be spread over the course of the day and include leftovers of the same high-calorie items, as well as those traditional beverages. So, we decided to bring you some suggestions on making smart eating choices.
Beware of the Alcohol
When you’re celebrating the season, you may tend to drink more alcohol. Those alcoholic beverages also have a calorie count from 120 to 300 calories. Not to mention that these tasty beverages will reduce your resistance to temptation. Choose club soda instead. It has zero calories and sugar, unlike regular sodas and tonic water.
Eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch, then snag a small snack before the event. Have a high-protein or high-fiber snack—like Greek yogurt or veggies with hummus—about an hour before you go to the party.
Eat veggies first
As you build that plate, start with the vitamin-rich veggies and lettuce – be sure to eat every forkful of the salad.
Don’t feel obligated to eat every bite
Just because the host made it and scooped it onto your plate doesn’t mean you need to spoon it into your mouth.
If you don’t thoroughly love something, respectfully discard your plate, share it with a pal, or say you’re saving room for the delights to come.
Remember what the holidays are really about
When we get down to the bottom line, the holidays are about people – your family and friends. Make them your primary focus and the food will come in second.
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Resources: Prevention, Forbes