It seems like cookies, pies, and sweets are everywhere you turn this season. While indulging now and then is all part of the holiday fun, it’s important to avoid overloading on sugar.
- Be conscious about what you put on your plate.
Load up with healthy options first and then put a few sweets on the side. Only put on your plate what you feel comfortable eating and don’t go back for seconds.
- Keep healthy options available.
Make fresh fruits or veggies as accessible as the cookie jar. Often we gorge on sugary foods simply because they’re available during the holidays. Instead, stock up on healthy alternatives.
- Bring better choices.
At holiday parties, bring a healthy dessert instead of adding to the pile of sugary sweets. Try dark chocolate-covered strawberries, homemade pumpkin pie, or fruit tarts.
- Take a walk after meals and before dessert.
It typically takes 20 minutes for your brain to process that your stomach is full. If you take a walk after dinner, by the time you get back you may realize how full you are and eat less dessert. As an added bonus, walking has also been shown to increase metabolism.