7 HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
- Incorporate vegetables and fruits in your meal and party planning
Since the days and weeks leading up to the holidays are likely to include celebrations and gatherings that include rich foods and sweet treats, be sure to balance your overall diet by adding more vegetables to your other meals.
- Don’t skip meals
It’s tempting to skip lunch if you know you will be attending a holiday party that evening. Instead, fuel up with a good lunch or healthy snack so you aren’t famished when you get to the party.
- Take charge of your holiday choices
When faced with a buffet table laden with holiday food, don’t rush to fill your plate to overflowing with every selection on the table. Take a minute to look over the table to see your options, then choose your splurges. Take only a few items – the dishes you really look forward to – then move away from the food table.
- Eat only until satisfied, not stuffed
It takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are full, so eat slowly! Savor the taste of the special foods you get to enjoy at this time of year.
- Concentrate on the people, not the food
What really matters at holiday parties and family gatherings are the relationships. Pay attention to your friends and relatives, focus on the conversations and sharing holiday cheer. Socialize away from the food table to avoid mindlessly reaching for more food as you talk. Bring mints or gum to keep your mouth happy without adding unnecessary calories.
- Think about what you drink
Remember to stay hydrated. It’s a good policy to start every meal with a glass of water. Avoid or limit sugary drinks and alcohol, since they can increase your calorie intake significantly. If you choose to imbibe, drink a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks.
- Politely say no to food and drink pushers
Don’t feel bad about refusing another drink or a second helping. Be polite but decisive so you are in control of what you eat.
The key to healthy holiday eating is moderation. There’s no need to deprive yourself of your favorite holiday treats, but you should enjoy them in moderation, and make a point of eating healthy snacks and meals the rest of the time.