2. Stuff Your Plate
Pile the goodies on to your plate! Yes, you can indulge over the holidays in food. Here are some ways to indulge in delicious foods from Pritikin’s Executive Chef, Vincent Della Polla. He has some healthy suggestions for your holiday meal, including, “don’t brine the turkey…it’s not necessary.” If you’re still worried it will fall victim to a dry turkey, try a flavor bag to lock in moisture. As for those yams, skip the canned version or marshmallow topping, instead roast fresh sweet potatoes with their skin on, because according to Chef Vincent, “the flavor is simply unparalleled!” Introduce your friends to new vegetables, such as parsnips, yellow beets or honeynut squash. You could show off your healthy culinary skills by switching the pre-dinner potato chips for a vegetable tray with some new things on it, such as purple radish, candy cane beets or roasted garbanzo beans.
Having a plan is key to helping you avoid indulging over the holidays on unhealthy foods. Dr. Coral Arvon, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness, at the Pritikin Center in Miami, Florida suggests, “don’t have two bad meals in a row – if you do, call someone to get back on track.” One of the best ways to avoid unhealthy eating is to avoid being hungry. Doctor Arvon explains that when you are hungry, deprivation sets in and with it comes depressive feelings. A common response is to eat sugar, or something that makes you feel good. “Keep it simple,” advised Kimberly Gomer, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin. “Sometimes you don’t have time… buy vegetables that are already washed in a bag ready to be steamed.” Having healthy, convenient food available can make it easier for you to not skip meals, and it helps you avoid hunger that leads to unhealthy indulging.