It starts with a few red leaves, and before you know it, kids are trick or treating. There is chocolate and nougat at your fingertips, and it just gets worse from there. With Thanksgiving comes delicious and starchy potatoes with gravy and decadent pecan pies. Do not even get me started on Christmas.
Eating with the season causes the average person to gain around 10 pounds. If you are careful about eating with the season, you can avoid this problem or even lose weight while everyone around you balloons up.
6 Healthy Tips for Eating With the Season
1. Go ahead. Have some.
Some being the operative word here. It is unrealistic to think you will not eat rich, delicious foods. To help keep your weight in check, have some, but do not overeat.
Holiday food comes once a year, and it is yummy. You do not want to miss out, and you do not have to. Just limit how much you eat.
2. Eat at home.
Attending an exciting party where you know glorious food will line the tables from wall to wall? Eat at home first. Yes, this sounds a little disappointing, but it will help you in the long run. Eating a healthy meal at home will curb your appetite and keep the rich foods at bay. As with the first rule we just talked about, you can still have some food when you get to your party. You will not have too much.
3. Don't skip the vegetables.
With turkey and gravy, cookies and pies and candy and buttery homemade rolls, there is no room for those green beans. Right? Wrong. There are many fantastic vegetable possibilities when you are eating with the seasons. For fall and winter, some overlooked but excellent vegetables include squash, zucchini, pumpkin, rhubarb, eggplant, and artichoke.
When eating with the season, make sure your plate has a variety of colors. You know you have some good things for your body there if it does.
4. Bring something healthy.
Potluck? Many potluck parties will be happening while you are eating with the season, and you know everyone else will be bringing sugary, starchy, and gooey dishes. Why not be the one who offers a healthy option? There are plenty of amazing recipes for seasonal vegetables that will have everyone wanting seconds.
5. Avoid the urge to eat while cooking.
When we eat with the seasons, we cook. And bake. And fry and brine and taste. We taste because the ingredients are delectable. However, every little taste contains calories. To be healthier about eating with the seasons, avoid taste tests until it’s time to eat.
6. Don't let the cold weather keep you inside.
Not only do we get really busy during the holidays, but it also gets cold outside. It is human nature to avoid cold and discomfort, but if you want to manage to eat with the season and keep your weight in check, it is essential to get out and get active.
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