Here's Your Holiday Healthy Eating Guide!

For many, the holidays can be a complete write-off. It starts around Thanksgiving - a big meal, followed by tempting desserts. Christmas is right around the corner. With it comes an endless stream of treats at the office, parties with booze and at least one more gigantic meal. You believe it is impossible to stay on track in the middle of this, but according to Seattle nutritionist Michelle Babb, it is possible. Babb says that with some planning, intention and maybe a little tweaking of traditions, you'll both survive and thrive. It is time to look a little more closely at your traditions and examine why a particular dish may be so important to you. Instead of turning to the dishes you turn to year after year, try for something a little more nutritious. There are no shortages of amazing veggie dishes out there to try! If the thought of giving up your absolute favourite foods is too much for you to handle, change up one of your other traditions. As Babb notes, it isn't unusual for families to express love through food -- particularly during the holidays. If you are used to baking for your family, try making something else. Fruit is great for satisfying a sweet craving without destroying your healthy eating efforts. What you are looking for in that traditional baking may not even be the baking itself. “People get so attached to the memory of it,” Babb said. “It’s this idea you’re obligated to have foods that are less healthy because you’ve always done it.” Christmas-Sugar-Cookies-868x489 What about the office? Is there a lunch room or break room where homemade holiday treats tend to accumulate? Babb recommends avoiding it completely. Bring yourself some hummus and veggies for a snack or an apple and almond butter. If you put out mandarin oranges at your desk, we bet you will find other people stopping by who are relieved by the healthy option. Another thing you can do is plan ahead. It is beyond easy to overdo it on sugar or alcohol, so if you are headed to a holiday party, try to eat a balanced meal before you go. If you are feeling full and satisfied, you'll be less likely to overindulge. It is also important to both be mindful of and intentional with your choices. If you'd like to have a cocktail, don't have any sweets, or have a cookie or two and be done with it. Chew each bite. Notice the flavours and enjoy them then stop. Now, sometimes, we fail at all of these things and find ourselves wrist deep in a plate of shortbread. Don't beat yourself up, just get back to your healthy eating as soon as possible. “Do whatever you can do to right the ship sooner than later,” Babb said. “Wake up, eat a nutritious breakfast, eat plenty of vegetables and fruits throughout the day and intentionally stay away from sugar.” Sure, it will be a challenge but it is worth it, right? Hitting the New Year feeling like yourself (and without a dozen or so extra pounds) is certainly a valuable goal. Do it for you, you deserve a break from that holiday diet guilt cycle! How do you survive the holidays? Source: Seattle Times [caption id="attachment_116989" align="alignnone" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_116990" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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