The festive season is upon us and over the next month there are a lot of fabulous culinary calories to be had.
Rather than hold back and be disappointed, it is best to have a working plan of action to make sure we get every bit of those delectable bites and not sacrifice our overall well-being and waistline.
Here are a few tried-and-true tricks that can help you navigate the coming weeks:
Take a break and rest when you can — take a nap, get an extra hour of sleep, meditate, or even take a night off the festivities to recharge your batteries.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH WATER
Drinking water before having an alcoholic beverage (and between alcoholic drinks) keeps you hydrated through the night and could help with the not-so-great-feeling the next day.
KEEP LIQUID CALORIES IN CHECK
Eggnog on average has a whopping 343 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat per cup … but don’t fret! Get the flavour of the season with a shot glass–size serving of nog or even mix a tablespoon or two into your coffee in the morning (without the rum of course!).
Better choices are drinks mixed with seltzer or carbonated water, and wine. A five-ounce glass of red wine has about 125 calories.
SAVE YOUR CALORIES FOR HIGH QUALITY FOODS
There are so many good homemade treats to enjoy at this time of year that there’s no reason to buy an ordinary candy bar or a fatty snack when you can opt for a smaller piece of something off a cheese tray or the fancy passed hors d’oeuvres.
KEEP ON MOVING
Even if you can fit just one or two short sessions a week into your schedule, exercise will give you a little leeway to indulge while keeping your weight stable. Plus, it’ll help you to better handle the stress of the busy season.
DONT SKIP MEALS
It might make sense in your mind to skip meals during the day when you know you’re going to have a big feast later, but this strategy often backfires and can lead to overeating, low energy, and generally feeling bad.
Maureen Cubbon is the wellness director for Bestlife Wellness Solutions and chef with Bon Vivant in Camana Bay.