Tips and Tricks to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

Tips and Tricks to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is behind us and December holidays and parties are literally right in front of us – the potential to feel overwhelmed regarding diabetes holiday food temptations is real!

Tips for healthy eating during the holidays

Here are a few things that I find helpful when it comes to handling the stress of going off the holiday deep end when it comes to food – and still allows for a few treats!

Breakfast is a must

I do my best to eat healthy every day – but especially during the holidays – when the potential for eating crappy is around every corner. That means never using the word “diet” and eating a quick and healthy breakfast every morning, as well as two or three servings of veggies before dinner.

My healthy/quick breakfast is 16 ounces of water when I first get up, followed by Greek yogurt and my morning coffee. Breakfast prevents a blood sugar crash mid-morning.

Food prep

Food prep is your friend. I’ve made it a habit of washing, drying and packing up several days worth small containers filled with raw veggies to snack on throughout the day. Usually grape tomatoes, carrots, baby sweet peppers, and celery hearts.

Tasty and jam packed with vitamins and fiber, several 1/2 a cup servings of raw veggies aren’t overwhelming to finish and eating them doesn’t feel like a punishment! By dinner I’ve usually finished two or three servings of veggies throughout the day and with my lunch and that makes me feel good!

Takeaway

I try and keep my meals I make at home 80%, medium to lower in carbs, high in fiber, protein, and spice. Knowing that I’m eating healthy majority of the time means that my blood sugars are friendlier and I feel better. So when I do attend a holiday party or festivity and decide to have a treat, I don’t beat myself up, and 9 times out of 10, I don’t go crazy!

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