Halloween is done so that means it’s holiday time! Retailers have put up the Christmas decorations, media is flooding our inboxes with gift guides and restaurants have holiday items and cocktails on their menus. We get invitations to holiday parties, we drink a tad too often and we put on a few pounds – at least most of us do. So how does one combat the holiday weight gain? This year, I leave for Mexico on Dec. 28th and I am not going for that beluga whale look. Instead, I will be following some rules (that have proven to help me in the past) in the hopes that I can still wear a bikini without embarrassing my boyfriend. Here are some ways to beat the bloat during the holidays:
Keep Your House Booze Free
Throughout the year, there is always wine in my house. However, during the holiday season, I try to keep my liquor cabinets empty. Why? Because I am out at parties and dinners almost every night, so when I’m at home I stick to water. I’ll be getting my drink on enough without having to do it at home too.
Choose the “Good” Booze at a Party
Tequila or vodka with water or soda is probably the healthiest way to drink. That said, it’s also flavourless and doesn’t help get anyone into the holiday season. I know – you want egg nog, mulled wine, and Bailey’s because those are proper holiday drinks. If you’re craving – have one special drink to satisfy it. Then go to vodka water with a squeeze of lime – not only will it keep you thin, it will keep you hydrated!
Eat Before Going to a Holiday Party
Whether you are going to a holiday party at someone’s house or a restaurant, eat something small and healthy an hour before so you don’t get there famished. Then try to focus on healthier options.
Avoid the Buffet Table
Many holiday parties lay out feasts on a table that allow everyone to indulge and overeat. While it might be difficult to avoid the table in its entirety, be choosy about your options. Here are my rules: steer clear of anything that is pastry-based, cream-based, overly bread”y”, or has been deep fried. Do indulge in the meat and fish dishes like chicken skewers, smoked salmon, shrimp rings and the salad and veggie dishes.
Eat the Mariah Carey Way
I honestly only know this because our former Editor-in-Chief has a very disturbing obsession with this voluptuous singer and practically declares a holiday whenever she releases a new song. That being said, he did inform me of her weight loss secret called the one-bite diet. Without taking this too literally, there truly is something to be said about portion control. If you really need to indulge in the goat cheese, fig and bacon pastry, have it. But only have one and don’t have the fried pork wontons next to it…
Avoid The Dessert Table
Sugar is a killer. Last year I discovered how much better I felt and looked when I cut sugar out of my diet completely. So even on special occasions I try to avoid it — even when it’s blatantly in front of me. Too much food has hidden sugar and making it even more difficult to avoid. But when it’s smack dab in front of you, just head the other way. Trust me – you’ll thank yourself the next day.
Don’t Stop Working Out
This is a big one. If you stick to your regimen most of the time and only indulge a little bit, you are sure to stay the same size. Green smoothies and Studio Lagree will be my regimen until I board that plane headed to Playa del Carmen!
What are some of your best tips for beating the holiday bloat? Comment below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe!