Enjoyable Holiday Eating Tips
It is the week back from Thanksgiving. We have only begun to start with all of the delicious holiday foods, and it already seems overwhelming. Before you know it there will be cookies and parties, let alone the fact that there have already been latkes, turkeys, and pies. So many foods to be eaten and it can be difficult to stay on track during the holiday season. It is easy to gain weight over the holidays and fairly typical to put on a few pounds at this time of year. Thus, everywhere you look you are provided with tips to eating healthy for the holidays without gaining weight. It can be exhausting. Holidays are about friends, family, and memories. Sometimes holidays are also about food and that is OK. Here at CGI, we thought we would give you some insight into our enjoyable holiday eating tips. These tips are meant to make the world of holiday eating less stressful, to help you enjoy foods without worrying about what you ate or how much weight you have gained while simultaneously making wise decisions about your diet.
1. Enjoy! Could you guess that was going to be our first one? Yes, we want you to enjoy the holidays! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones, celebrate your specific holiday, and allow yourself to relax and take it all in. This includes allowing your self to eat the food. If mom’s cookies are the ones you have been waiting for all year, then what are you waiting for?!? If you just can’t get enough of the potato latkes, go for an extra one and ENJOY! But….
2. Listen to your body! It is perfectly normal to indulge a bit in your favorite holiday foods. It is not every day you are offered multiple desserts or dinner courses. Once in a while, it is ok to have that extra slice of care. But remember to be mindful! Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Listen to your body. If you are full, then your body is telling you something. If you really want to try everything, but know you will not have the room try taking a little bit of everything or have some now and save some for another day. The point being there is a way to experience all those yummy foods without overdoing it. In this way, you can relish in all the magical parts of the holidays, not just the food.
3. Be gentle! It is easy to get mad at one’s self or feel “guilty” about eating too much over the holidays. If you listen to your body, you likely can abstain from overeating. But if you do feel that guilt, push it away. These are special occasions, not every day ones. There is a balance to all this and it will even out once the holidays are over and you are back to your regular schedule. Additionally, do not let one day get you down. Just because you ate more than you would have liked one day, does not mean you can’t eat your normal amount the next day.
We, at CGI Racing, want you to have a blast this holiday season. You can do that in many ways by spending time with friends and families, taking vacations, relaxing at home, and eating a delish festive meal and you can do it all without stressing or feeling guilty. Oh and did we mention - we love to "work off" all that delicious eating, running, swimming, biking, cross fit. Keep exercising all holiday season long.