Healthy Holiday Eating

Delicious food at the holidays is a given. There’s no reason to let holiday indulgences set off a domino effect and sabotage your healthy eating habits. Here are some tips to get you through the holiday season full, but with no regrets.

Think small
If there’s an amazing spread of high-calorie foods, like indulgent appetizers or desserts, at a holiday party, help yourself to small portions. This way, you’re not missing out on your favorite foods and you’re not overeating.

Tip: Use a small plate or bowl to help control your portion size.

Know when to splurge
If you’re going to be a little indulgent, make sure it’s worth it! Skip the everyday food and thoroughly enjoy the holiday fare, like homemade stuffing and snowman-shaped sugar cookies. To balance it out, eat a light breakfast and lunch.

Focus on the experience
Rather than obsess over the food at holiday get-togethers, focus on the entire experience, including the once-a-year sights, sounds, and people at the event. Instead of chowing down the festive foods, enjoy the holiday for what it is: quality time with family and friends.

Get moving
If you plan on indulging in some holiday treats, try to squeeze in an extra workout during the week. If that’s not doable, perhaps add a few extra minutes to one of your regular workouts.

Tip: Taking an after-dinner walk with the family to look at the neighborhood holiday lights is quality time with family, festive, and exercise!

Limit the cocktails
Try to keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. Sure, it’s nice to indulge in a seasonal apple martini or a glass (or two) of red wine, but know your limits. Beer, wine, and fruity cocktails can pack on hundreds of calories before the main meal even comes out. Save your calories for the turkey and mom’s famous apple pie!

Try not to be too hard on myself
A single slip up isn’t the end of the world. Don’t get down on yourself. If you overdo it or if your holiday eating doesn’t go as planned, just get back on the right track with your next meal and keep it moving.