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How to Manage Holiday Eating

The holidays are around the corner, which can mean parties and gatherings centered on food.  Are you wondering how you will maintain healthy eating while indulging in some of your favorite holiday foods?  First, keep in mind that one treat, one meal, or one day of eating differently will not drastically change your health.  On occasion, it is important to treat yourself and enjoy your favorite foods.   Moderation is key.  A healthy diet isn’t void of rich decadent desserts or butter laden casseroles.   Here are a few tips to help keep your food choices nutritious and your treats in moderation during the holiday season:

  1. Eat only when you are hungry, not when food is near.
  2. Use a plate, even when snacking; it will help you eat less.
  3. Don’t skip meals. This will lead to overeating at meal times because you are so hungry.
  4. Eat more slowly and savor each bite.
  5. Pay attention to flavors, textures, and temperatures for more satisfaction in your eating.

Eating Healthy during the Holidays

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays often mean family, friends, and plenty of food. Because holiday treats aren’t exactly known for their nutritional value, it can be tricky to maintain a healthy diet. Here are some tips to help you navigate your next holiday gathering:

  • Eat a healthy snack (try our yogurt parfait or trail mix) before a big meal or get-together. This can reduce the chance that you’ll overeat.
  • Take time to savor your food. Eat slowly so you can enjoy the flavors of your holiday favorites.
  • Give yourself time to re-assess your hunger before going back for seconds. Catch up with relatives or watch a favorite movie to stay occupied.
  • Quench your thirst with water (refreshing AND zero calorie) instead of beverages like cider or punch.
  • If you do overindulge, don’t despair! Move on and resolve to do better at the next gathering.