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Anything Goes Monday: How To Eat Healthy During The Holidays

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With Thanksgiving out of the way, many people have one more holiday to celebrate, Christmas. While I can't speak for people who celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, a lot of families will create a large meal (or meals!) for Christmas. If your family is anything like mine, we LOVE to go all out on sweets; we have a large table dedicated to snacks and treats. However, with all of these holiday meals, there is no doubt that you are going to be consuming a lot of calories. While the weight gain is usually temporary, there are some ways to minimize the weight gain or cut down on the amount of food you consume. Check out these five tips to help you eat healthy this holiday season!

Eat Until You Are 80% Full

There is an ancient saying telling you that you should eat until you are eight parts (or 80%) full. There is some reasoning behind this. Your stomach doesn't tell you that you are full at that exact moment. Your food takes time to digest, so your mind takes time to tell you that you are full. By the time you think you're 80% full, your hunger will slowly go away.

Wait 5-10 Minutes Before Your Second Plate

This goes along with the last tip. Your body takes time to digest and tell you if you are full, that's why you see professional speed eaters eating most of their food at the very beginning. Wait a few minutes before you get your next plate and take some time to talk to your family, especially if you haven't seen some of them in months or even years!

Exercise, Exercise, and Exercise!

While your best bet is to exercise before you eat, exercising can help make up for the excess calories you are going to be consuming. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) will be the best bet to burn the most calories in a short amount of time, but feel free to participate in any exercise activity that will get the blood flowing. You may feel a little bloated after eating, so if you are going to feel unmotivated after eating, try an early morning work out.

Plan Accordingly

Once you figure out if you are going to be having lunch or dinner, plan out your meals accordingly. If you are going to be having lunch, eat a lighter dinner or breakfast. If you are going to have Christmas dinner, eat a lighter lunch. Make sure you track your calories throughout the day to make sure you know how much food you have been eating.

Eating Lean Meat

Although some of the sides might seem appetizing, it is better to stock up on lean meat rather than the side dishes. Depending on what meat will be available for your Christmas meal, the normal choices of ham and turkey will always be a safe bet. The normal serving size for meat will be about 3-4 ounces and will vary from 100-200 calories. Meat is also high in protein and low in fat!


So there you have it, five tips to help you eat healthy this holiday season! If you like any of these tips or have any extra tips, leave them below in the comments! Also, let me know what you think of the "Anything Goes Monday" series!

Anything Goes Monday is a new series on my blog where I talk about a topic not related to music. Anything Goes Monday will take place on the first Monday of each month. Stay tuned for more Anything Goes Mondays and let me know what you think of the segment! Check out the previous Anything Goes Monday here!

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