The holidays can bring such joy to our lives and can often bring inches to our waistline too.
So, I thought I’d provide you with some healthy swaps to help cut down on calories, but still give you delicious food to enjoy.
But first, check your normal eating habits. Do you:
- Chew your food around 20-30 times?
- Take a few deep breaths before eating?
- Focus on eating and enjoy the time by yourself or with friends and family?
- Turn off the tv and social media? Savor each bite?
- Take 20 minutes to complete your meal?
- Stop eating when you’re 80% full?
These are all suggestions to help your digestion and metabolism work optimally. These things can help set your body up for success even if you do decide to splurge and eat the apple pie and pumpkin pie and all the yumminess available!
I do recommend to my clients to follow the 80/20 rule. This states that you will eat as healthy as you can 80% of the time and then eat whatever you want 20% of the time. If we break that down weekly that means you will eat 17 meals as healthy as you can and 4 meals eat whatever you want. This allows you to splurge and not feel guilty. Plus, you won’t be deprived!
So, taking all these ideas and suggestions into consideration, here are a few healthy swaps you can make for a healthier holiday season:
- Instead of mashed potatoes choose mashed cauliflower.
- Instead of sugar in desserts and dishes use honey or monk fruit sweetener.
- Roast or grill turkey or meat instead of frying it.
- Leave off the glaze on the ham or make your own that has less sugar and preservatives.
- Make gluten free cornbread instead of stuffing the turkey.
- Use real cranberries instead of canned.
- Drink water or hot tea instead of sugary sodas.
- Use butter, ghee, olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil instead of other oils.
- Choose gratitude over judgement.
- Take a walk after the meal instead of hours of tv.
Which one sounds doable to you? Or what would you add to this list?