Get prepared for the Holidays

3 days, 3 huge meals, millions of sweets, and a turkey coma… and that doesn’t include New Years! The holidays are always a stressful time on our wallets and our waists. Beat the bulge this year by following a few simple steps:

1. Cut back on sugar! Now I know ’tis the season for the sweet stuff but most recipes have way more sugar than needed to make it sweet. You could easily cut back on the sugar content by 1/4-1/2 cup, play around with the recipe.

2. Have a snack! Make a small snack before you go to dinner, that way you’re not starving while waiting for everyone to arrive and you’ll eat less because you won’t be as hungry. Grab a handful of nuts, few carrots with hummus, or try corn chips with avocado.

3. Portion your plate! If your dinner looks more like a buffet, this is how your plate should look: any vegetables should take up about half your plate, a few slices of white turkey meat (less fat then the dark meat), and a spoonful of gravy. Leave an inch of space around the edge of your plate so it’s not over flowing.

4. Skip the starch! Potatoes, biscuits, cookies..high in sugar and carbs and will only make you feel bloated and heavy afterwards.

5. Let it sit! Before you go up for that second plate (no judgment), sit for 10 minutes and ask yourself if you’re really hungry. If you’re still hungry, put half of the portion on your plate that you had the first round.

6. Desserts, my weakness! This is always my toughest challenge. If your family is anything like mine, dessert is the main focus and there’s always more than enough options to choose from. So pick the best looking one and have a small slice. Can’t choose one? Than just take a bite size of each.

7. Get up and move! After the desserts are gone go for a walk up the street, go build a snowman, throw a few snowballs! The point is to burn off some of that heavy meal. Too tired? That’s even more of a reason to get outside!

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

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About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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