How To Eat Healthy & Still Have Fun This Holiday Season

How to Eat Healthy & Still Have Fun This Holiday Season

Trying to eat healthy can seem like a monumental challenge over the holiday season, especially if you’ve been invited to parties and are worried that the food will ruin your healthy eating efforts. Party food can be super tempting and it can derail all of your good intentions but here’s the good news: you’re much more in control than you might think and there’s plenty you can do to stay on track and still have fun.

Get plenty of sleep

On paper, you might not think that the amount of sleep you get the night before will matter too much. In reality, a bad night’s sleep can mean that you eat hundreds more calories more the next day. And that’s bad news if you want to avoid calorie heavy and unhealthy party food! Try to get to bed early the night before parties and you can cut out the potential for overeating.

Don’t turn up hungry at parties

If you’ve ever found yourself picking up junk food in the grocery store while shopping hungry, you’ll know the negative impact it can have on your food choices. And this is why you don’t want to show up to holiday parties on an empty stomach either.

If you’re tempted to eat little (or nothing!) before you go out this holiday season, think again! You might assume you’ll be “saving” your calories for later but you’re more likely to be giving yourself the green light to eat a lot more than you intended.

It’s fine to leave a bit of room for festive food but you definitely don’t want to be ravenous when you turn up. This is a surefire recipe for wanting to eat everything in sight!

Eat a filling snack 20 to 30 minutes before you leave home, such as nuts and a piece of fruit. This can be super helpful for stopping you snacking at the party.

Don’t restrict yourself

Tempted to eat less or work out more in the run up to a holiday party? This can work against you as you’re more likely to overeat when you get there. You’re usually better off sticking to your normal eating and fitness plans and trying to make good food choices.

Go for healthier options

If there’s a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy choices at the buffet table, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure that you can enjoy some guilt-free party foods.

Spot some cut up veggies? Grab a handful. They’ll help to fill you up and won’t pile on the calories. Just make sure that you don’t dunk them in high calorie dips that are also likely to be loaded with fat too. Guacamole or hummus are good choices, but most other dips will be a calorie bomb.

Research suggests that you’ll eat more calories on your first trip to the buffet table, so you can do yourself a big favor if you go for healthier and low calorie options then.

Eat mindfully

It takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to let your brain know that you’re full. In that time, you could easily have eaten the equivalent of a meal without even thinking about it.

Taking a more mindful approach to your eating can help to avoid this. To start things off, go for small helpings of the party food you fancy and really savor eating them. Small bites and chewing your food thoroughly can be super helpful for this.

When you’re done, distract yourself for a bit. Work the room and get talking to other party guests to stop mindless snacking and check in with yourself 20 minutes later to see if you’re really still hungry. Chances are, you’ll find that you’re not.

Don’t forget about liquid calories

It’s not just what you put on your plate that you need to think about – liquid calories also count and they can add up more than you think. Alcohol and pop are empty calories and don’t add nutritional value at all. That’s not to say that you can’t drink – just be mindful of what you drink and what it’s contributing in terms of calories, sugars and so on.

Try drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks in particular to pace yourself and keep yourself hydrated. That way, you can still imbibe, but you’re not going to go overboard.

Sit away from the buffet

Really don’t trust yourself not to keep making trips to the buffet? Position yourself so that you’re not standing anywhere near it. If the food is within reach, there’s so much more potential for mindless snacking even when you’re not at all hungry. The further away you are, the more you have to make a conscious decision to walk over to the buffet.


In Health & Happiness
Dr. Tara Clapp, ND

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Dr. Tara Clapp, ND

Dr. Tara Clapp, ND

Naturopathic Doctor Focusing on Anti-aging and Hormone Optimization

Dr. Tara Clapp, ND is a Board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and leading authority on Anti-Aging & Bio-Identical Hormones. Dr. Clapp, ND has taken numerous courses to advance her knowledge and has received certifications in Intravenous Nutrient Therapy, Mesotherapy & Injection Therapy for Anti-Aging  & Pain Management, as well as First Line Therapy Weight Management.

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