The holidays usually mean frantic shopping, lines, stress, family descending, festive drinks and food. Lots of food. Lots of rich, decadent and calorie stuffed fare. It’s the worst time of the year to watch your waist or attempt to deny yourself your favorite eats.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to cut out the “bad” and tricks to keep the holiday weight to a minimum. There are the obvious tips – portion control, eat more meat versus carbs, etc. Then there are a few things that you might not have thought about.
Cinnamon is your best flavor weapon. When it comes to making your coffee, cereal or oatmeal, reach for the fall favorite. The bark actually promotes appetite suppression and, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it may actually control the insulin spikes that often occur after you eat.
Learn the difference between “good” fat and “bad” fat. If you are in charge of cooking or have a family member who is willing to take suggestions (Yes, Virginia, they do exist!), opt for using avocado, olive oil, and fish wherever you can. Instead of using butter, try replacing the bad fat with olive oil. Swap plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Skip may and mash up some avocado to spread on those leftover turkey sandwiches.
There is a rule I try to live by when it comes to mulling around a party – Standing is better than sitting, moving is better than standing and dancing is better than moving. Get up whenever you can! It promotes good circulation (both socially and physically). Plus, you burn more calories and encourage your metabolism.
Creamy is the enemy. Ranch dressing is the villain that will ruin a perfectly healthy salad. Opt for a vinaigrette to save on calories. Go for broth based soups instead of those hearty creamy soups. Pass on eggnog and have a Hot Toddy instead. You’ll save on fat and calories while still enjoying the holiday favorite.