How to Be Healthy During the Holidays

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I Never Go to a Party Without Snacking on Something Before

Going to a party hungry is a rookie mistake. I would know, because I’ve made it hundreds of times. And when you arrive to an event with a growling belly, you’re more likely to make poor choices. Even if there is going to be food at the party I’m going to, I always make sure I have a protein-rich snack before I head out the door. This keeps me full and satiated, and I’m able to think clearer about which snacks I’m reaching for.

I Ignore People’s Comments About My Eating Choices

There will always be an opinionated friend or family member who will prod or tease you about your dietary choices. They’ll ask why you aren’t eating the cake or having a fourth glass of wine. Remember that it doesn’t matter what other people say. So what if they poke fun at you when you turn down certain foods? All that matters at the end of the day is that you feel your best and you’re happy with your choices.

Many of my family members eat a very unhealthy diet, so I’ve had to learn to be OK with my decisions. I no longer feel bad when I politely say no to some of the foods they’re passing around the table.

With Every Glass of Wine, I Drink a Glass of Water

It’s easy to forget about staying hydrated when you’re having fun, but when you fill yourself up with booze and hardly any H2O, you run the risk of feeling dehydrated, a little too drunk, and painfully hungry. That combination often leads to overeating, due to a cloudy head and dulled senses. By drinking a glass of water with every drink, I’m able to pace myself and think smartly about the food I’m choosing to eat.

I Keep Track of My Protein Intake Throughout the Day

Just because you’re indulging doesn’t mean you have to completely forget about your macros. I don’t think about the amount of calories or carbs I take in every day during the holidays (life is too short and bread is too good), but I do keep track of my protein intake. Protein keeps you feeling full and satiated, and it’s also a necessary nutrient to keep your body prepared for an impromptu workout. I feel better going to a party knowing that I’ve already met my protein goals for the day; it helps me make better choices with what I’m going to eat.

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