There are many things that people can do in order to have a healthier holiday. Most people are not going to want to give up all of the delights associated with Christmas and the other winter holidays, of course, and there is no reason to be this extreme. People just need to avoid going on a month-long binge. Many people can avoid doing this, and they will have a happier holiday in the process.
For one thing, it is common for a lot of people to restrict their food intake too much throughout the day during the holiday season, only to binge later. It makes more sense to avoid going to a holiday party hungry than it does to ‘save’ calories. Holiday food tends to be high-calorie in general, and there is no real way to save anything. It makes more sense to just avoid overindulging on holiday food in the first place, and this can help a lot of people stay healthier during the holiday season.
Starting the Holiday Party in the Right Way
It makes more sense to focus on the actual holiday dinner than it does to focus on the appetizers, and this is something that a lot of people should try. There should be healthy appetizers at most parties in addition to some of the classic sugary treats. Sticking to the healthy appetizers can help people get more pleasure out of the main meal, which is what most people want in the first place.
There should be a vegetable platter or a fruit basket. People should stick to that at the holiday party when it is still time to eat the appetizers. This will allow people at the holiday party to get in some vitamins and minerals while still filling up a little on something that is definitely healthy.
People who want to eat some richer holiday appetizers could eat cheese and skip the crackers. The cheese will help to fill a person up while also providing some protein and fat, which has a tendency to reduce the appetite and which can lower a person’s blood sugar.
Many people are going to benefit from avoid the high-carbohydrate snacks and appetizers that are common at parties. These are only going to make a person hungrier. People can certainly enjoy small portions of high-carbohydrate side dishes when they are eating their main holiday meals. However, it is a bad idea to get in a lot of carbohydrates beforehand, since this is only going to make people a lot hungrier when it is time to eat the actual holiday meal.
The holidays have a reputation for being a time of overindulgence. For one thing, many individuals are eager to just throw caution to the wind when it comes to the holidays. This might be something that they do after depriving themselves for a good portion of the rest of the year.
It’s important to still practice moderation during the holidays, however. This does not necessarily mean turning a holiday meal into something that is almost identical to the sort of thing that people would eat at home for most of the year, anyway. Having smaller portions of delicious food can be fine in most cases, and it isn’t going to do anyone any real harm.
Moderation is all about knowing what to emphasize and what to reduce. For a lot of people, the appetizers are the least important part of the actual meal. Many people would rather be socializing before the actual meal, and this is the sort of thing that they should focus on when there are lots of appetizers out on the table.
The holiday meal itself is all about bonding and sitting at a communal table with other individuals. Many people would rather use this as the time where they pay less attention to what they eat. It makes sense to do this, and it will be easier to do this if the people in question have prepared sufficiently for it throughout the day.
Skipping the high-carbohydrate appetizers and focusing more on the main Christmas or holiday meal will help a lot of people have a happier and healthier holiday.