For me, Halloween is the start of the fall holiday season as we start being presented with plenty of treats. Leftover Halloween candy at home, at the office, then holiday parties, potlucks and seasonal goodies…temptations abound!
Holiday food is often comfort food, bringing back memories of good times, and also creating new ones. We don’t need to avoid it, but sometimes we can be tempted into eating a little too much. But it shouldn’t be stressful.
Here are some guidelines I like to follow to keep everything in check over the holidays:
Continue to exercise. It doesn’t have to be “training,” but try to do something active for about an hour a day.
Plan your meals for the week so that the foundation of your eating stays healthy and you are still eating regular meals. Plan around the festivities, and have snacks like celery sticks and other veggies around that are ready to grab.
Take smaller portions of treats and eat them slowly. If you know you have multiple parties going on, you can still partake in the treats, just eat less of them.
You are in control of what goes in your mouth. It’s OK to just smile and nod and turn down a second piece of Auntie’s pie.
Have a normal meal with plenty of protein before a party, especially if you tend to graze a lot.
Drink a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages if you drink.
One day of indulging won’t hurt… it’s the multiple days that add up. So just pick your day and enjoy!
And if you remember just one thing, have that be “everything in moderation,” and appreciate the season where we get to spend some extra time with friends and family.