Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Meals and Parties

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means singing carols, giving gifts, and eating copious amounts of fat and sugar. While it can feel perfectly fine and fun to be decadent over the holidays, before you know it, January 1 rolls around and you've put on extra pounds. If you have been trying to eat right and are nervous about the upcoming holiday meals with family and friends or office parties, here are some tips to help you stay on track:

  • Eat Before You Go

You know how you're never supposed to go grocery shopping when you're hungry? The same can be said for attending holiday parties and meals. Be sure to eat a small meal before heading out, and make sure it contains plenty of protein and healthy fats.

  • Stay Hydrated

We often feel hungry when actually we're thirsty. It can become easy to get dehydrated during the holidays when you're running around shopping and decorating. Be sure to drink enough water each day. A small to medium glass with each meal should do the trick.

  • Bring a Healthy Dish

If you've been invited to a holiday meal or party and have been asked to bring something, go ahead and bring a healthy dish. This way, if there are no other foods there that work for you, you can dig into your own food.

  • Commit to Yourself

It is okay to have boundaries. Do not feel pressured to eat something unhealthy just because a loved one is pressuring you to. If you find yourself in a situation where your grandma feels hurt that you won't have any of her famous pecan pie, tell her you are stuffed but you'll be happy to take a slice home, then give that slice to your significant other, or a neighbor.

Traditionally, the holidays have been a time to live a little and be decadent. However, if you're someone who has a hard time cheating "just a little," then use these tips to stay on track with your health goals.

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