The WWII ‘Battle of the Bulge’ was fought during the Christmas season 73 years ago, but the battle has continued for years due to the abundance of holiday delectables. You might hear this common phrase around the holiday dinner table: “I’m so stuffed I can’t eat another bite!” But it is hard to say no to your family’s delicious Italian specialties, especially at Christmastime. At every turn, we are faced with temptation in the form of cookies, pastries and pies – not to mention pasta and antipasto platters. Throughout the holiday season, one anxiety lurks in our thoughts – how do we undo the damage that Christmas and New Year’s imposes on weight-management goals?
The average person can expect to gain almost five pounds in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. To help take the guesswork out of staying committed to weight-management during this tempting season, we offer the following five strategies for holiday dining.
Don’t skip meals. Eat small, healthy snacks such as fresh vegetables regularly so you’re less likely to overindulge during long, large holiday meals.
When you go shopping, take along a snack. Waiting in line for gift wrap can take a long time and a piece of fruit or a sensible snack bar will help keep you from snacking on less than healthy choices.
Don’t gorge. Eat a sensible salad before attending a holiday dinner party so you will be less likely to overindulge while at the party.
Don’t ignore your sweet tooth. Choose a smart, indulgent snack before baking cookies in the evening.
Have a cookie, but not all the cookies. Some people use the “I break off small pieces of cookies because they have fewer calories” excuse. But having bits and pieces of 12 cookies can add up quickly. Indulge by having one cookie, but remember to enjoy everything in moderation.