With the holidays approaching – office parties, neighborhood gatherings and a plate of your favorite fudge from Aunt June – what’s a health and weight-conscious individual to do?
The best holiday tip is one that applies to giving and to eating as well! It simply comes down to keeping it simple…and small.
Portions have become bigger and bigger. In fact…
One report shows that “over the last 20 years, the standard size of a dinner plate increased from 10 to 12 inches. The sizes of cups and bowls increased as well. Restaurants now offer better values with bigger portions. Soft drinks have increased in size by 52 percent. Needless to say, the obesity rates have increased, too.”
The report goes on to add, “… when a larger portion is placed in front of us, we tend to eat 30-50 percent more without even realizing it.”
Here are some holiday health tips that can help you “Keep it Small” this season and in so doing, keep your waist small as well:
Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before eating. This reduces your appetite.
Plan out in your mind, BEFORE you arrive at a party or family dinner, how much you will eat. Think about how you feel when you eat and drink too much and choose to go with small portions and tiny tastes.
Choose smaller plates, cups and bowls. Opt to eat on an 8-inch plate if possible and avoid second helpings. Make your holiday gatherings more about the fun and the conversation than about the food.
When eating out, two people can share a meal, or box up half of your meal before you begin eating so you can take it home to eat for another meal.
Fill more than half of your plate with healthy fare—including fruits, veggies and whole grains. Limit portions of meat and poultry to about the size of the palm of your hand. Avoid sauces, gravies and creamy dishes.
Slow down. Take small bites and chew thoroughly to savor the flavors and to enjoy what the holidays are all about—family and friends more than fat-adding food.
If you think you are going to be tempted to over-indulge or if you feel extra hungry before you head to a party or gathering, have a glass of this delicious appetite suppressing drink before you leave, in either passion fruit or strawberry lemonade flavor!
It will take the edge off, fill you with some great nutrients and even help your resolve to adhere to your choice to be healthy and happy this holiday season.