Eating healthy can be hard around the holidays, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. I am the first one to admit that eating healthy can be that last thing I want to do (especially when there are holiday cookies and other treats sitting around the house!). However, I think it’s possible to have the best of both worlds during the holidays. Here are a few tips to stick to your healthy eating goals during the holidays.
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Create a Healthy Menu
When it comes down to it, I do so much better when I make a menu plan for the holidays. I like to keep a little journal for meal planning; it makes my life easier. I am also more likely to stick to the menu plan when I write it out.
Accountability is Key
Eating healthy is sometimes the last thing I want to do, which is why I have an accountability partner. We text each other what we have eaten that day and share with each other different healthy eating goals. Having someone to share success and failures with is super important, especially when trying to eat healthy over the holidays.
Don’t Get Down on Yourself
A lot of people carry guilt around with them when they don’t eat healthy around the holidays. All I can say about this is move on and eat a healthy meal next time around. Just because you eat one unhealthy meal doesn’t mean you should keep eating unhealthy!
Keep it Simple
I can tell you one way to stick with your healthy eating goals during the holidays is to keep it simple. You do not need to make elaborate meals to eat healthy. A simple salad or a protein and vegetable with do. Surprise yourself this holiday season and keep eating healthy simple!
Watch How Much You Eat
You can still overeat when you are eating healthy. This holiday season, try not to overeat…even if it is good-for-you food. Make yourself a small plate instead of overflowing it with food. You can also eat more fruits and veggies to fill yourself up.
Try to Stick to Whole Foods
I can tell you that eating things that are low fat and low calorie won’t sustain you this holiday season, and you’ll end up feeling hungry again faster (and be more likely to grab a quick snack). Stick to items that are considered whole foods. They are much better for your body and will help you stay fuller longer.
What tips do you have for someone who needs to stick to their healthy eating goals this holiday season?
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