- Take a LITTLE of everything. I have found taking half of what my eyes think I can eat is a great start to not overeating. It’ll force you to really think, “Am I still hungry or do I just want more?”
- Eat SLOWLY. It takes that food a while to get to the spot! Especially while pregnant, I HATE that too-full feeling. And these days, baby doesn’t like it either – if you know what I’m saying . . .
- Choose WISELY. Instead of your mama’s green bean casserole (cause you know it has Campbell’s mushroom soup and French’s crispy onions – both full of a ton of stuff you don’t need) go for the roasted veggies (My recipe has simple ingredients with a little caramelization!). OR, go for a healthier green bean casserole.
- Less is more. Pick things that have fewer ingredients. Go for that fruit or veggie platter instead of all the baked goodies . . . FIRST. Then allow yourself a small indulgence.
- Listen to your body. Are you craving something sweet? Apple, cantaloupe, strawberry . . . see if these things satisfy you! What is your go-to fruit for a little sweetness? Sometimes a really good carrot can do it for me. Wanting a big hunk or steak? You may just be in need of some iron, so go find some broccoli or spinach. Then have your meat.
- Pick something good. If all else fails, choose the nut-covered cookies over the snickerdoodle. Think about what it is filled with and decide what at least has some nutritional value rather than empty calories.
Fill up on WATER. There are LOTS of yummy drinks being made around the holidays. Fill yourself up on a glass of water first, then have your small cup of yumminess!Once you eliminate your body’s tolerance of these foods it’ll be harder to start eating them again.
- Healthy Holidays: Slightly-Indulgent Sweet Treats
- Smart Sweets (enter to WIN a copy NOW at The Simple Homemaker!)
- Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts
- Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods
Have you ever spent a holiday season pregnant? How did you maintain a healthy diet?
Sara is a wife, homemaker, doula, Theatre Tech and adjunct and full-time mama of both a big sister and little boy with one on the way. She feels blessed to have been raised in a godly family with parents who gave her a great sense of independence, common sense and love of God and family. At Your Thriving Family, she writes about family, food, marriage, kids, miscarriage, pregnancy and God. She is trying to find a balance in the world we now live in – pushing her family to THRIVE, not just strive to survive!