Which club do you belong to: those who live it up over the holidays and recommit on January 1 or those who maintain (or lose!) weight throughout the season? I flip flop back and forth, but in general the squiggly line effect keeps me in the maintenance group (so I hope!)
I’m partnering with Celestial Seasonings today (makers of some amazing holiday teas!) to share the ways I stay healthy over the holiday season.
Pre-Game For The Party
On healthy food – not booze! Have a salad or a hearty, nutritious snack before you head to a holiday party. You don’t want to have to rely on cheese and crackers to satisfy your hunger, and crudités alone do not a dinner make. A simple salad before you go will help fill you up. And once you’ve met your veggie quota, you can sample some of the very best hors d’oeuvres.
Sip Don’t Gulp
Drink what you will savor. Instead of going with something light that you will guzzle down and need replenished, drink what you want most and what you will savor. My drink of choice – juicy red wine divided into a few small pours. I’m more likely to wash it down with dinner, so I prefer to have a little before and after and stick to water during the meal.
Drink More Tea
Drink more tea! Not only does a steamy mug of tea warm you up on cold afternoons, but tea counts toward your daily hydration needs. There are so many amazing holiday flavors like Celestial Seasonings’ Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, Caramel Apple Dream, and Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland, and they have aromas that will satisfy your sweet tooth after lunch instead of reaching for the cookie tin. Add a teaspoon of honey for a little natural sweetener if you need a little bit more – it’s still way lighter than a Pumpkin Spice Latte! And if you have overindulged, tea can help with digestion.
Make a mental plan for the night (or season!) Whether you balance your nights out with home cooked meals the next day or you simply map out a party plan in your head before you go, the more mindfulness you can practice the better. Think about the events ahead: you’ll have your mom’s famous pumpkin pie on Christmas and will save the eggnog for next week’s party.
“Taste everything, eat nothing”
This is one of my favorite party mantras. Of course you want to experience all that the dessert buffet has to offer, but you don’t need to eat a huge slice of every cake there to taste them. Tiny portions of rich foods allow you to enjoy them without leaving you full and lethargic. Focus on how you want to feel at the end of the night.
Thanks to Celestial Seasonings for sponsoring this post!