Eating Healthy During the Holidays
Awe man, sometimes there’s nothing I want more than a big piece of chocolate cake, but after three kids, it doesn’t always agree with the waist line. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that’s a whole food story on its own. In this house, we try to eat healthy at least 80% of the time. The other 20% we are not 100% eating healthy, but that’s okay. This is how we roll in our household with healthy eating, during the holidays, like Thanksgiving.
#1. A Cheat Meal *Once in a While* is Okay
Notice we don’t do cheat days, we do cheat meals, every once in a while. Hence, where the 80/20 comes in. That means we don’t have to throw healthy eating completely out the window for Thanksgiving. I might have a shake for breakfast, a sensible healthy salad for lunch, and then for dinner I’ll splurge on Thanksgiving dinner. Guess what? The next day I go right back to my healthy eating routine. Our family doesn’t allow one meal to derail us from the healthy eating train. By having that 20% wiggle room, it’s a healthy lifestyle that we can stick to long term.
#2. Drink Flavored Water
To stay on the healthy eating bandwagon, around the holidays and almost every other day, we drink water. Instead of buying and drinking high caloric beverages, this is the route we go. You can buy flavored water from Sam’s Club, put it into a beautiful glass so it looks fancy, and there you have it! Not only will you save calories, but it will be one less thing to prepare. Add fresh cranberries or orange slices to the side of the glass to make it even fancier.
#3. Veggie Trays Rock
In our home, you won’t see an empty veggie tray during the holidays. We love to snack on veggie trays and get those essential vitamins. Who says one of your favorite foods can’t be veggies? Even on Thanksgiving instead of snacking on high calorie appetizers throughout the day, save your calories for the good stuff like ham, dressing, and grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. It’s also a great way to keep your Thanksgiving meal within budget at such at great price at Sam’s Club.
#4. Fruit is a Great Dessert
In a world where chocolate and sugar is stacked high, we forget to embrace nature’s sugar. Although we all love a little cake from time to time, self-control is important. I love how fruit allows us to curb our sweet tooth, but doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste on our bodies. Also, when you purchase fruit pre-washed and cut like the fruit trays above from Sam’s Club you’ll save precious time that can be spent making memories with family and friends.
#5. Portion Control
Another thing that seems to get people during the holidays, is their portion control. Focus on eating your favorite foods. If dressing (or stuffing depending where you live) really isn’t your thing then skip it this year, only choose your very favorite foods and get reasonable amounts. You don’t want to waste precious calories on foods that you don’t really love.
#6. Shop at Sam’s Club
Another part of eating healthy is making sure you consume the right foods. I found so many great deals while shopping at Sam’s Club. I love that I can count on Sam’s Club to deliver quality meat, produce, and organics. Since our diet is primarily healthy foods, it’s important that we’re able to find what we need. And with the occasional cheat meal, we can find everything we could ever crave right at Sam’s Club.
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Healthy Holiday Video:
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