It wouldn’t be the holidays without friends, family and of course food, but our expert says you don’t have to completely deprive yourself during all the festivities!
Do you ever wonder how Jennifer Aniston manages to look amazing all year round? HollywoodLife.com spoke with Dr. Connie Guttersen, author of The Sonoma Diet and her new book The New Sonoma Diet, and reveals what Jen does to stay svelte. It turns out that it’s all about celebrating food, not depriving yourself from it, and even having a glass of wine (maybe two) a day! Keep reading to find out how to stay slim over Thanksgiving!
Here are Dr. Guttersen’s five tips to help to keep your stomach satisfied and your tummy trimmed during those big holiday gatherings!
Don’t Go Hungry:
- Starving yourself during the day to ‘save up’ calories for party indulgences will only set you up for binges.
- Make it easier on yourself by eating a light meal before your event.
- Choose satisfying foods that will curb your hunger such as almonds, nuts, whole grains, and lean meats.
- Make sure that you have had plenty of water throughout the day, as dehydration can also stimulate hunger and cravings.
Serve Yourself a Smart Plate:
- Politely insist on serving yourself as you go through the selection of foods.
- Look for ways to keep with your portions in check by selecting a smaller nine inch plate (your traditional sized dinner plate) and keeping it 50% veggies and fruit, 25% whole grains, and 25% lean proteins.
- One trip to the buffet bar and one serving for the sweets. While you are eating, make it a point to sit down and eat from the plate rather than grazing at the buffet.
- Once you are finished eating, distance yourself from the buffet or food area.
Drink a Glass of Wine:
- A glass of champagne or wine can also be part of your plan as long as you stay within these limits.
- Compelling evidence finds that a glass of wine may be a powerful means of avoiding risk factors associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
- Wine drinkers tend to live longer, eat healthier foods, smoke less, and exercise more as part of their lifestyle.
Keep Moving Through the Holidays:
- Exercise, walk or dance away your stress and extra calories.
- If there is ever a more important time to exercise, it is the holidays, those endless “to do lists” and challenges we all deal with seem to be not so overwhelming, even it is for just that half hour on the treadmill.
- Get plenty of sleep and keep up your exercise routine. You want to feel and look your best for the holidays.
Keep Your Cooking Smart:
- Focus on healthy cooking techniques such as grilling, poaching, steaming, and oven roasting. Oven roasted winter vegetables are great to accompany traditional lean proteins such as turkey, beef, fish, and pork tenderloin.
- Get your flavor from healthy ingredients such as toasted crushed nuts, dry fruits, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, or use small amounts of strong flavored cheese such as blue cheese or parmesan to add richness. Spices and herbs are also light and provide personality to so many holiday dishes.
- Look for sweets that focus on fresh fruits or oven baked fruits. Dry fruits are a great way to add flavor and health without excess calories.
What are YOUR secrets to avoid over indulging during the holidays? Tell US below!