Maintain, Don’t Gain for the Holidays!

This holiday season will definitely be different in many ways. Due to Covid-19, our gatherings will be smaller or just with our family inside the home this year. However, one thing that remains the same is that indulgent meals and grandiose buffets are a staple of the most wonderful time of the year. It almost provides a sense of comfort in uncertain times, which creates particular challenges to those who are on a healthy lifestyle journey. Research says that the average American gains 1-2 lbs each year during the holidays and are more likely to accumulate those extra pounds over the years. This year can be different in another way, in a way that promotes love, family and your best self by following these tips to maintaining your weight during the holidays. 

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  1. Eat before you arrive

Eat a balanced breakfast or lunch before you head to a dinner party. This will prevent you from overeating when you arrive.  

  1. Bring a Dish

Being a keto pescatarian, there aren’t always many healthy options within my meal plan to eat at a holiday party. Bringing a favorite dish, ensures there will be something healthy for you to enjoy.

  1. Move more

One of my favorite things to do at a holiday party is dance! Turning on the Electric Slide, Wobble, or Cha-Cha Slide is always a party starter even with just family. Also, playing Dance, Dance Revolution and Just Dance 2020 as an after dinner game is always a great way to burn off the dinner calories. 

  1. Curb cravings

Curb cravings for sweets by indulging in a sugar-free dessert or with fruits. This will help you avoid the extra calories of sugar-filled desserts. Also, opt for a hot drink such as coffee or tea after your meal to reduce your cravings for dessert. 

  1. Know when to stop

Lastly, the key to success in weight management during the holidays is knowing when to stop. It’s okay to eat in moderation. Make a small plate of everything to try but stop at that. Do not eat seconds. This way you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods without losing all of your weight loss progress throughout the year!

Happy Holidays & Happy Eating!

Published by I Dream of Alice

Alice MSN, RN loves to empower women to fulfill their dreams by helping them live in their purpose. She does this as a blogger, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur.

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