15 Holiday Diet Survival Tips
by Karen Kwan, from Real Style Magazine
‘Tis the season! Excited about the party hopping you have in store this season? Between cocktail parties, family potlucks and gatherings with all your friends and loved ones, it’s no doubt a fun time of year. But if you’re trying to stick to a healthy regimen, the whirlwind of fatty foods and holiday obligations can take a toll on your body. It doesn’t mean you have to hide out Scrooge-style. With some planning and expert advice, you can toast the season without saying goodbye to your waistline.
1. Steer clear of obvious diet busters. “During the holiday season, when it comes to everyone’s holiday favourites treats, you really want to try to avoid the deep-fried, processed and creamy, cheesy items,” says Rachel Bies, a certified nutritional practitioner based in Toronto. While she admits this can be tough, she recommends focusing your palate on the vegetable trays, lean proteins and baked (not fried) items. And what about the ubiquitous cheese plate? “Opt for the stronger, more potent cheeses that will satiate with less, such as blue cheese, goat cheese and Parmesan,” says Bies.
2. Eat before stepping out to a party. If you skip a meal thinking that this will make the hors d’oeuvres you hoover down at a party your dinner, you may actually end up consuming more calories than if you hadn’t starved yourself. “If the party is at dinner hour, I like to have a snack before going,” says Toronto-based registered dietician Dara Gurau. She suggests a bowl of broth- or vegetable-based soup, carrots and hummus or an apple and cheese as smart snack options. “This will tide you over so you don’t end up mindlessly eating foods you normally wouldn’t eat.”
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