Healthy Eating Around the Holidays
The joyful holiday season can be a very dangerous time for overeating. Healthy eating may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re in the holiday mode, but days and weeks of poor dietary choices add up. Here are some tips from K Free Daily to help you avoid putting on those “holiday pounds”:
–Use smaller plates at mealtime. This way you can still fill up your plate but get as few as half the calories.
–Avoid seconds! Meals are usually set up in a family style fashion where seconds are just an arms reach away. We recommend serving yourself and family members, then putting the leftovers away in the refrigerator before seconds can be taken.
–Slow down! Avoid eating fast. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you’re full. When you eat a plate of food in 5-10 minutes, your brain may think you’re still hungry. An easy way to slow down is to put your fork down in between bites of food.
–Limit your sauces, gravies, and dressings! A lot of extra calories come from the sauces, gravies, and dressings that are made with the food. Limit the amount you put on food to help cut back on excess calories.
–Don’t skip meals! If you’re preparing for a large early dinner, you likely limit the amount of food you consume during the day. This will leave you feeling extra hungry when it comes time to eat and likely result in you eating faster and overeating. To avoid this, make sure to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.
–Move! On top of all the numerous health benefits of exercise, it is especially important to get moving around the holiday time to help with all the holiday stress!
–Don’t forget to monitor your vitamin k! If you’re taking an anticoagulant, keep that vitamin K consistent! Remember to stay under 120 micrograms (mcg) per day if you’re a male and under 90 mcg per day if you’re a female.