Sticking to your healthy eating plans can be difficult during the holidays. With dinner parties, busy schedules, and endless temptations, it’s easy to forget about mindful eating. Fear no more! With a few simple tips, you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods, and still keep your commitment to eating mindfully:  

1. Skip seconds.

Holiday meals are often so tasty that we usually go for seconds. If you want to stay mindful however, you might need to skip stuffing seconds.

2. Use the buddy system.

The buddy system has proven to work for many people as more feel motivated when working out with a partner. Keep track of your goals and exercise with a partner. 

3. Keep a balanced meal with protein.

Often, holiday meals are packed with carbs and contain little to no amounts of protein. By switching carbs for protein dishes, you’re more likely to lose weight. Plus, eating protein helps boost your metabolism. 

4. Eat your vegetables.

And eat those vegetables first. Eating vegetables first will make you full, leaving you little room to stuff your face with those not so healthy options. 

5. Make water your friend.

Say no to sugary drinks this holiday season and limit your alcohol intake. But remember, you don’t need to say all the time. It’s all about balance.

6. Get rid of the “All or nothing mindset”. 

The all or nothing mindset is a big no-no. You don’t have to say no all the time to the foods you’re dying to eat. Indulging into the holidays can only become a problem when you’re carelessly eating away. To prevent this from happening, remember to balance your meals and portions.

7. Plan exercise around meals. 

Planning exercise throughout the day is important to lose weight. 

8. Keep tempting foods out of reach. 

You know where they are. You know where they should be.  If you can’t help yourself and know where to find junk foods, ask a friend to hide foods away from you.

9. Control your portions.

It is easy to get carried away with portions. So be wise and choose smaller portions when eating. Your body will thank you later! 

10. Use a smaller plate.

Don’t get stuck this holiday season ignoring all the food around you! Just remember to control your portions and use a smaller plate.