How to Enjoy Holiday Food WITHOUT Overdoing It

Hello, hello! I apologize for my lack of posts this week. It's been crazy around here getting ready for Christmas! My Mom-Mom just flew in tonight from Florida, so I'm really trying to focus on spending time with her and the rest of my family. BUT I did want to stop by to chit-chat with you guys today about how you can enjoy yourself this holiday weekend, without completely overdoing it and feeling icky at the end of the night (AKA the food coma feeling). Like I've said before, I'm a firm believer in enjoying holiday food. Believe me, I'm not going to tell myself that I can't have some yummy mashed potatoes or Christmas cookies. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and you can still enjoy not-so-healthy food while remaining healthy! It's all about moderation, my friends. So, with that being said, here are my tips for you going into the holiday weekend. 

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1. Take it easy on the appetizers.

I know for the holidays we all always put out a bunch of different appetizers, but be mindful when snacking. Make sure you keep tabs on yourself when eating those appetizers, because the calories will add up quickly, and you won't be able to enjoy your dinner if you're already full! Try to stick with veggies as your app if they're available, and be a bit lighter with the cheeses and dips. 

2. Fill your plate with veggies.

Try to fill half of your plate with veggies. This is always a good rule of thumb. If you do this, you'll have less room for those mashed potatoes and other not-so-healthy foods, and you'll fill up faster with your fiber-filled veggies!

3. Slow your roll.

Those cookies aren't going anywhere, friends! I've totally been guilty of this, but don't feel like you need to try each cookie or grab more than one right away. There will be plenty of cookies - they're not going anywhere! Choose one or two of your favorite cookies and truly take the time to enjoy them - mindful eating, my friends.

4. Bring a healthy dish.

If you're worried about having a healthy option, (whether it's an app, side dish, or dessert) bring one with you! By bringing a healthy dish to the holiday party, if you're not hosting, you'll make sure that you have something healthy to put on your plate. Bringing a big salad is an easy, affordable, and healthy option!  

5. Remember, water is your best friend.

It's easy to forget to drink water, especially during the busy holiday season. Make sure you're hydrating yourself over the next few days, AND especially on the day of your holiday parties. There's always plenty of wine and other drinks at holiday gatherings, but you should always try to sneak some water in. The more water we drink, the less water our bodies hold onto. That means less inflammation and puffiness AKA all the good things!

I hope that these tips help you stay on track this weekend, while still enjoying your favorite holiday foods. I hope to get back on here once more this week, but if not, Happy Holidays to all of you lovely people! It means so much to me that you stop by my little corner of the internet, and I'm so grateful for each one of you. 

Love,