Honeybee Health: Holiday Eating Survival Tips

Alright ladies its that time of year again when our discipline is tested! Per reader request here are some tips for surviving the holiday calorie overload! By All means definitely indulge but remember balance! Thanksgiving is just one day….not an entire week! (Im going to try to take my own advice on that this week)

*Plan Ahead
One of the most effective ways to maintain/lose body weight is to regularly exercise.To burn off those extra calories, kick up your routine. If you normally do 30 minutes a day, increase it to 45 minutes. If you exercise three times a week, move it up to four or five times a week.

*Stick to SMALL plates
a small portion of some appetizers may help you from overeating at dinner.
Use a small plate, and load up on veggies! Try to limit the creamy dips. Steer clear of crackers, chips, cheese and meats. If you must have a deep-fried appetizer, try to eat only one small serving.

*Avoid going back for seconds.

*Skip the sauces
Avoid sauces made from cream, half-and-half or meat drippings. For salads, use oil and vinegar, vinaigrette or low-fat dressings. Broth -based or vegetable sauces are fine.

*The best low-calorie dessert choices are fruit, Jell-O, pudding, chocolate covered strawberries, shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. If you really feel for the RICH stuff with frosting, cream cheese, or chocolate chips, limit yourself to one small portion. (and be honest about your small portion size)

*NEVER show up hungry
Have something small to avoid overeating! (apple, baby
carrots, or greek yogurt as my go to snacks).

*Watch the cocktails!
Try to limit your alcohol to one or two servings. The type of alcohol you choose makes a difference as well…
Instead of high-fat eggnog, have a light beer, wine or champagne.

* Lastly enjoy the holidays ladies!!
Don’t beat yourself up if you do overindulge. Just remember each moment is an opportunity to get back on track!!!!

Here are a few popular holiday Nutrition Facts:

Egg nog = 350 Calories and 19 grams fat
Hot chocolate = 120 Calories and 4 gramsfat

Gin & Tonic =210 Calories and 22 grams of sugar
Champagne=100 Calories and 5 grams of sugar

12 Shrimp cocktail=165 calories and only 1 gram of fat!
Crab cake=290 calories and 19 grams of fat!

Pecan pie= 610 calories and 45 grams fat!!
Pumpkin pie= around 270 Calories and 10 grams of fat

Mashed potatoes=220 calories 12 grams of fat
Herb roasted potatoes=120 calories and 5 grams of fat

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  1. Damn you pecan pie!!! lol I am not a big eater of thanksgiving type foods. I normally fill my plate with steamed veggies and stuffing. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

  2. I had to practice this discipline yesterday at work! There was Ham, apple crisp pie, tons of bread and potato salad. I decided to take shrimp and have a little bit of a roll and a couple bites of carrot cake.

  3. THANK YOU, BEAUTIFUL ANDEE!! You're the best! I love these tips, and I will put them to use! xoxox, Maria
    ps-would you be interested in a South florida/Miami meet up?

  4. Part of the reason I love you and your blog so much is how realistic you are about how hard you have to work to stay healthy – you don't pretend like "Oh, I eat tons and tons of crap and just happen to have this amazing figure." So thank you so much for keeping it real, Andee. And please keep up these health posts – they're so helpful and inspirational!!

  5. Hey Andee, what are your thoughts on Naked Juice? I've been drinking the Green Machine (the 15 oz and only half at a time)Wasnt sure if you tried it or had any feedback on it.

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