By Sam Cortes, Communications Coordinator
By Shannon Penfound, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre
With all the dinners, sweets and cocktails that are bound to come your way this December, you might be wondering how to stay on track with your nutrition goals.
Here are some tips and tricks on what you can do to stick to your nutrition plan over the holidays:
- Bring a dish. Eating at someone else’s house means you never know what’s on the menu or how dishes were prepared. A great option is to bring a nutritious dish you know will keep you satisfied and help you avoid eating extra calories. Just chat with your host beforehand and see if what you’re bringing works.
- Have a snack before you go. It can be tempting to ‘save up’ your daily calories by restricting how much you eat during the day. Realistically, what tends to happen if we do that is we overindulge before the night is through. Having nourishing and nutrient-dense meals throughout the day will help you avoid excess hunger later – think lean proteins, high-fiber carbohydrates and plenty of water.
- Make water your main choice of fluid and set an alcoholic drink limit. By making water your drink of choice and/or limiting your alcohol intake, you can avoid plenty of empty calories. Keep a glass of water handy – my personal rule is one alcoholic drink followed by a full glass of water. Find a balance that works best for you.
- Prioritize certain food. You might want to sample all the food you encounter, but by prioritizing a few foods and limiting your variety, you’ll be able to genuinely enjoy the foods you chose without going overboard. It can also be helpful to prioritize lean proteins, such as that yummy turkey, or complex carbohydrates like sweet potato. This helps keep you fuller, longer. (Of course, be mindful of additional oils, creams, or sauces.)
With all that said, I encourage you to enjoy your holidays! Spending time with loved ones is the best part about this time of the year, and if that means loosening the belt after a big meal, so be it.
Eat well and be merry – and if you feel like you will need a little extra advice on your own nutrition goals and plan (especially come New Year Resolution time), get in touch! I would love to work with you. Email me or call 204-333-7270.