We can’t believe Halloween is already over! If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent your past weekend devouring all of the very tempting Halloween sweets. We love to indulge around the holidays…don’t forget, we are only human. We certainly do not want to completely deny ourselves of grandma’s famous pies. Of course, if you are a bride-to-be, we understand how hard you have been working for that perfect wedding day body. So, gaining 10 pounds in a single holiday weekend is out of the question. In our opinion, counting calories at a holiday dinner takes the fun out of the holiday. Instead, we want to help you enjoy your upcoming holidays while keeping this simple trick in mind. Our friend Lauren Conrad has come up with “The Perfectly Portioned Plate” for the holidays….
• ½ Vegetables. First, load up on enough healthy greens or veggies so that they take up half of your plate. Salads, green beans, Brussels sprouts, and squash are a few of my
favorites. But keep in mind that too much dressing or butter can turn these healthy sides unhealthy.
• ¼ Protein. Devote one quarter of your plate to a protein like turkey or ham. A 3-ounce serving of turkey is about the size of your fist or a deck of cards.
• ¼ Starches. The remaining fourth of your plate can be made up of starches. This includes stuffing, rolls, and starchy vegetables like yams, mashed potatoes, and corn.
This is a great trick to follow during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, but it can even apply year-round. If you’re really watching your waistline, stick to drinking water and a single glass of wine or a low-calorie cocktail during dinner (remember to watch your soda intake). Also, fill up your plate with a proper amount of food the first time in order to avoid going back for seconds. Instead of counting calories, keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a wonderful holiday counting down the days until you BIG DAY!
Xoxo, Joie De Vivre Weddings and Events