Healthy Eating During the Holidays
The holidays are a time for parties, family, travel, and gift-giving. Unfortunately, they are also a time for frenzied shopping, stress, and over-indulgence in food and drink.
In our last blog, the argument was made that the holidays are the BEST time for sticking to healthy goals, and I agree! Treating your body to great nutrition is a gift in itself, so focus on making one small nutrition change per week. Here are some tips to get you started:
- If you look forward to a dessert, entrée, or appetizer that’s only served during the holiday season, don’t deprive yourself! The trick is to stick to ONE serving. Indulge, but don’t overindulge.
- Budget your calories! Apply the same concept of setting a monetary budget to Christmas shopping to your eating habits. Want to enjoy a cocktail at a party? Save some calories by skipping desesrt. Apply the 200-300 saved calories to “spend” on a cocktail.
- Make sure to provide yourself with at least one healthy option at parties by bringing it yourself. Bringing a brightly colored fresh vegetable salad or tray with hummus to a cocktail or dinner party.
- Follow the plate method: mentally split your plate into quarters, and fill ¼ with lean protein such as poultry or hummus, ¼ with whole grain such as whole grain pita chips, and pile the rest with fruit & veggies.
If you need more help with lightening up on calories, our Registered Dietitians can help you to navigate the holiday season. Keep in mind: great nutrition is a gift in itself.