There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being bloated around the holiday season. There are too many tempting foods and you want to get your fill before the holidays are over and you have to hop back on your regular diet.
Of course, the holiday meal is extra special and who can pass up candied yams, hot yeast rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and a piece or two of pie? I am feeling bloated just sitting here thinking about all that deliciousness.
By the time you stand up and walk away from the table, you can barely move. You feel so full that you can feel that meal pushing back. All you want now is to take a nap. You don’t have to feel like this.
Here are five tips to beat bloat during the holidays:
Don’t Skip Meals
You may decide to skip breakfast so you can eat more at the big holiday lunch or dinner. This plan can backfire if you come to the table so hungry that you overeat and feel bloated.
Instead, make sure that you enjoy a breakfast that is rich in protein and low in fat. You can have a light lunch, and enjoy your holiday meal with no guilt.
You don’t have to deprive yourself, but don’t give in to the temptation to wolf down your food. Eat slowly and savor each bite. Take a small portion of the things you like, and then leave the table.
Listen to Your Body
Your body knows when it has had enough food. Don’t be tempted to cram in a last piece of pie. Put down your fork, put your napkin in your plate and leave the table.
You may get invited to some holiday parties, and that usually means there will be alcoholic drinks available. Skip sugary cocktails and choose a liquor with no mixer. A sugarless option would be even better. A can of beer or glass of wine pack almost 200 calories each so limit yourself to one drink.
It’s easy to forget exercise during the holiday season. You may rationalize that you’ll get active again after the New Year, but it’s helpful to stick to an exercise routine. You can mix it up by going out for a family walk, or playing indoor or outdoor games. Park your car at the back of the parking lot so you can get in some walking before you hit the stores.
You don’t have to let bloat ruin your holiday season. Try these tips and see which one’s work for you. it feels good to know that you are forming healthier habits that you can use for the holidays and throughout the New Year.