Seven Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season
Thanksgiving is just a week away! I can’t believe it! It seems like this semester just started and now I’m less than a month away from GRADUATING!! It’s so surreal. I’m still trying to find a job and plan everything out so I’m not just sitting at home all day, but I wanted to take a much-needed break from all that and talk to you guys about overeating during the holidays.
Yes, we all do it. No need to be ashamed! We’ve all taken a second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes even though we were so stuffed we couldn’t move. Don’t deny it!
I’m here to help you with that. Look below for some great tips on how to not overeat during the holidays.
Skipping breakfast does not lead to saving calories! It can often lead to consuming more because we are so hungry by dinner time that we overeat. Eat a healthy breakfast with lots of carbs and fiber (oatmeal with fresh fruit) to give you energy throughout your busy day and to keep you full for a longer amount of time. If you’re like me, you eat half of the dish while you’re cooking it. By eating breakfast, you’ll be able to resist the temptation to snack all day.
Going to someone else’s house for the holidays? Pitch in! Ask if you can bring a meal to help out and bring something that you can eat. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, bring something so that your host doesn’t have to worry about having something that you can eat. Otherwise, just bring a healthier dish in case there are only not-so-great, but oh-so-delicious options. (You can make your healthy dish oh-so-delicious too!)
A lot of people feel like they need to stay away from snacks until dinner time, but don’t be afraid to snack when you’re hungry. Eat some nuts or a granola bar in between meals so you aren’t starving by dinner time.
Use a smaller plate.
During the holidays, we tend to stuff ourselves until we can’t move anymore, we feel sick, and all we want to do is sleep. If you put your food on big plates, most of us will keep serving ourselves until our plate is full. Start off with a smaller plate, fill it up, eat it, then if, and only if, you are still hungry, get seconds.
Have you ever noticed that after the first 2 things you put on your plate, you start running out of room? Well, use that to your advantage! Put your healthier dishes, like vegetables, on your plate first, then add your other favorites. You can still eat everything, but your portion sizes will be bigger on the healthy stuff and smaller on the not-so-healthy, but still delicious stuff.
Sit Specifically and Eat Slowly
Find yourself a place to sit at the table that isn’t directly in front of the huge bowl of mashed potatoes or the pumpkin pie. You will find yourself staring at the food all night until you put a big spoonful on your plate even though you aren’t hungry.
Take your time when you are eating. When you eat slowly, you are able to feel yourself getting full more easily. Savor your food and you will be able to enjoy your meal more.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
So you ate 4 pieces of pie and 2 plates of mac and cheese. That’s okay! Don’t stress yourself out by running to the gym the next day and starving yourself. Just relax, focus on the present, and get yourself back on track.
Don’t forget to HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON!
It’s here, guys! The time we have all been dreading: back-to-school! For students and parents alike, going back to school is a time of dread, frustration, and excitement. But for me, there’s only one way to describe it: extreme laziness. During the summer, I am always ready to go out and go places and have adventures, but once school comes along, it’s like all of that disappears and turns into me never wanting to get out of bed.
Staying in bed has its perks (like extra sleep), but it definitely has an abundance of disadvantages. The one major disadvantage is that I get up late, take the same amount of time in the shower as I normally would if I got up earlier, and I end up running out of time to make breakfast before I have to leave. I would either stop at Dunkin on my way to school or just skip breakfast all together, which as a nutrition major, I know is an awful choice.
What I have learned to do that SAVED me is meal prep. I make my breakfast ahead of time so it is easy to grab in the morning when I am running out of time. Today’s meal prep is breakfast sandwiches! There isn’t a formal recipe for these because they are so easy to make and make your own with different flavors.
To get started on the breakfast sandwiches, you have to bake your eggs. I like to make 24 sandwiches at a time so I don’t have to worry for a whole month of classes. Preheat your oven to 350°F, spray your muffin pan with non-stick spray, then crack your eggs into each cup.
The empty muffin cup on the bottom right is really bothering me… anyone else?
You can top your eggs with anything you want. I topped some of mine with paprika, salt, pepper, and tarragon, some of them had cayenne pepper, and I even topped some with a little cheese. Be creative! You can add vegetables in there, too! Just remember to break up your egg yolk and mix it together. I didn’t and it tasted like I was eating a hard boiled egg ? (I hate hard boiled eggs!). Once everything is mixed, bake it for about 15 minutes or until set.
Once the eggs are cooled, pop them out of the muffin pan and put them on your sandwiches. I used English muffins and I baked some turkey bacon in the oven while the eggs were cooking. I also cut my eggs in half to get more egg in each bite!
Top off your sandwiches and wrap each sandwich individually in foil, then place them into a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer.
Take your sandwich out of the freezer the night before (the morning of is okay too if you forget) and pop it into the oven to bake once you wake up. By the time you are ready to leave, your sandwich will be nice, hot, and ready to eat!