Healthy eating during the holidays

holiday-nutrition-survival-guide-1215 It’s that time of year for holiday festivities, and that comes with a lot of extra food, sugar and alcohol, and a lot less time for exercise.  It can be challenging to maintain your weight and your health. But just because you’ve always eaten sugar-laden and fatty foods doesn’t mean you have to veer off that path to Whole Health. You can find alternative ways to make your old favorites.

While avoiding weight gain during the holidays may seem as believable as Santa’s ability to visit every home on Christmas Eve, I am confident you can avoid packing on the pounds this December with the help of these tips.

Tip #1 – Eat a healthy snack BEFORE going to a party.  You will help provide your body with nutrition and you’ll fill yourself up a little, so that you don’t eat as much of the unhealthy foods. Genesis PURE™ Greens, combined with Mila, GPS Hydration and water is a great-tasting beverage that provides nutrition and fiber to help fill you up.

Tip #2 – Drink a full glass of water before each alcoholic beverage you have.  Alcoholic beverages are high in sugar, calories and, of course, alcohol.  They are also very dehydrating.  By drinking a glass of water before each alcoholic beverage, you’re hydrating your body, helping your kidneys flush toxins, and filling yourself up, so you don’t desire as much alcohol.

Tip #3 – Eat small portions.  For example, instead of a big, heaping spoon-full of mashed potatoes AND yams AND stuffing AND a roll, take just a tablespoon full of each and a half of a roll.  If you’re still hungry later, you can always go back for more.

Tip #4 – Use the same principle as Tip #3 for your sweets.  Take just a small portion of several things you’d like to sample.  Don’t be afraid to cut that pie piece into thirds or that fudge in half.  While your brain might think “that’s not enough!” it’ll thank you later when you don’t feel like you’re going to explode.

Tip #5 – Be sure to do a calorie-burning exercise EVERY DAY!  Run up and down the stairs in your house a few times before work.  Do some crunches or push-ups. Jump up and down on the trampoline for five minutes.  You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym; you just want to get your heart pumping, your blood moving and oxygen flowing. This helps boost your metabolism and can help you burn off the extra calories you consume.

Additional Tips:

  1. Eat breakfast. Don’t try to “save” your calories for your big meal. Not only are you likely to overindulge when you do eat, but your body may be more apt to store your food as fat.  Try Genesis PURE’s 360 Complete Shake, an effective meal replacement offering a combination of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber. It’s ideal for those looking to avoid overeating between meals.
  2. Use a smaller plate. The less food you can put on your plate, the less you will eat.
  3. Eat a salad with your meal. Salad is roughage and helps move the other food through your digestive system.  Be sure to nix the extra toppings, and go with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.
  4. Bring your own dish. Rather than trying to decipher what’s in each dish, or being fearful of missing out, bring some healthier options. This is an especially helpful tip for those with food allergies and/or sensitivities. Find some delicious recipes using Genesis PURE products: http://www.genesispure.com/recipes.
  5. Slow down. Time and time again, studies have shown that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register it’s full. So slow down, chew your food well, and take time to chat with family or friends before deciding whether you want another slice of pie.
  6. Choose sweets than contain protein. Protein helps offset the sugar in sweets and slows the glucose conversion. For example, grab a handful of nuts with your pie. Make some Almond Butter Mila Cookies or Chocolate Coconut Mila Balls. Find the recipes here: http://www.genesispure.com/recipes.
  7. Eat the dark meat of the turkey instead of the white. Dark meat contains more nutrients and healthier fats, helping you feel full.
  8. Have more yams and less mashed potatoes. Yams or sweet potatoes are considered complex carbohydrates and have a lower glycemic index than mashed.  Enjoy the natural sweetness of baked yams and sweet potatoes instead of candied yams topped with marshmallows, which are full of added sugar.
  9. Save the fruit salad for later. Fruit may be more beneficial and less taxing on the digestive system, if it is eaten alone.  Have this as part of your dessert versus with your meal.
  10. Choose clear, distilled liquor over beer, wine or sugary cocktails. Not only does sugar speed up the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream; but it also contains more calories.  For example, a vodka and tonic would be lower in calories than a rum and coke.
  11. Substitute healthier ingredients for less-healthful ones. For instance, instead of oil use applesauce. Mila (chia seed) can replace eggs in recipes.

If you do choose to indulge at events, choose wisely and make sure you stick with a healthy diet and workout regimen throughout the season to keep those unwanted pounds at bay.  Genesis PURE’s Rally28 weight-loss system can help you stay on track while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results. Discover how this revolutionary system is making a difference in the lives of so many.

Most importantly, don’t lose sight of what the holiday truly represents. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Don’t just linger around the appetizers, bar, or dinner table. Reminisce with old friends and make some new ones. Pause and remember why you are celebrating. This is a time to celebrate and spread holiday cheer!

Cheers to a Whole Health holiday season!

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease. Highlights taken from studies should not be viewed as scientific fact, but rather as the author’s interpretation of a scientific study. The validity of study information is not guaranteed nor are the author’s views guaranteed to be aligned with those of the researchers that published the study. 

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