The holidays are full of festivities, fun, and FOOD! Eating a balanced, healthy diet around the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at these strategies to make sure you keep your consumption in check!
- Watch your portion sizes! There are plenty of dishes served at a holiday dinner. If you want to sample all of them, make sure to take smaller amounts than you normally would.
- Make sure to eat fruit and vegetable dishes first! More often than not, these dishes are lower in calories and will fill you up.
- Eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed!
- Bring your own healthful dish to a holiday gathering. Not only will your host appreciate the additional dish, but the guests will enjoy the variety.
- Set realistic goals. Try to maintain a healthy balance during the holidays by remembering to stay active, fill up on wholesome foods, and refrain from overindulging.
Skip That, Eat This Instead!
- Choose white meat instead of dark meat
- Drink apple cider instead of eggnog
- Prepare fresh steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole
- Grab the whole wheat rolls instead of white flour rolls
- Savor sweet potatoes instead of creamy scalloped potatoes
Set Some Goals: Be realistic. Try to maintain a healthy balance during the holidays by remembering to stay active, fill up on wholesome foods, and refrain from overindulging.
- Aim to get about 30 minutes of exercise in each day
- Do an exercise video/DVD with the family or friends instead of going to a movie
- Get your family to participate in a football game, after-dinner walk, or a fun holiday run
- Enjoy classic winter activities such as sledding and ice skating