5 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Holiday Food Eating Facts
- It is easy for holiday eating to turn into holiday OVER-eating.
- We gain 1-2 pounds during this time and don’t lose it come January.
- Research also shows those who are already overweight gain an average of 5 holiday pounds that don’t come back off and add up year after year.
Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals
- Don’t attempt to restrict intake leading up to the holidays…this will only make you more likely to overeat once the holiday meals come.
- Practice well-balanced and healthful eating leading up to the holidays, including adequate fruits, vegetable, lean proteins, high fiber foods and whole grains.
Tip #2: Avoid Overeating…Moderation is key!
- Enjoy, Stop, Think
- Smaller plate, smaller portions
- Drink water throughout the day, dehydration can be mistaken for hunger
- It IS possible to have too much of a good thing
- Balance portions on your plate
- Moderation applies with dessert too – One whole piece of your favorite dessert, or two half-sized pieces if you can’t decide
Tip #3: Veggies First
- First fill your plate with vegetable and salad options before adding the entrees and desserts to the plate.
- ↑ vegetables + ↓ entrees & desserts = ↓ calories, ↑ fullness, satisfaction, nutrients
Tip #4: Play Your Part
- Bringing a dish? Make it a healthy option!
- Sides: Fruit or vegetable tray, salad, roasted vegetables
- Entrée: Lean meat, whole grain pasta, beans