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Healthy Holiday Eating

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

Holidays should be a time of joy . . . not unbridled overindulgence.

Nutrition expert, Audrey Fleck with Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital, reminds us what holiday gatherings are about: "Try to remember what you are there for; cherishing time with family and friends. You are the only one in control of either letting the holidays become a 'food fest' or, instead, putting your primary focus on the people you are spending time with. Change your way of thinking! If you are always looking most forward to the food, start thinking of all of the non-food related moments you also look forward to!"

Here are a few tips to help keep the holidays healthy.

Party Time

  • No skipping meals. This way you won't be tempted to overdo at the party.
  • Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.
  • Conversation is calorie-free, but move away from the buffet so you won't be tempted to eat while you talk.
  • Scope out the buffet before you go up to make your selections.
  • Use smaller plates if available when at a buffet-style party.
  • Start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts.
  • Watch your portion sizes and take small "tastes" of high calorie dishes.
  • Balance "party calories" with more physical activity.
  • Remember that beverages contain calories as well. Alcoholic beverages, home-made punches, and chocolaty beverages tend to have sneaky calories.

At the Office

  • Stash healthy foods in your desk at work so you're not as tempted by the treats piling up.
  • Try to keep communal office goodies out of view.

At Home

  • Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High-fiber foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories.
  • Choose your indulgences wisely. Try not to waste calories on foods you can have any time of the year. Instead pick items that are special and unique to the season.

And remember: Make realistic goals. The holiday season is not the time to place added stress on yourself by attempting to lose weight.

Leave us a comment and let us know what tips you use over the holidays to stay healthy!

Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital offers personalized nutrition plans for those with a current medical condition or those interested in preventive health and weight loss. Visit Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital for more information.

About Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital

Doylestown Health's Nutrition Counseling offers personalized nutrition plans for those with a current medical condition or those interested in preventive health and weight loss. Doylestown Health Nutrition Services specializes in nutrition therapy for diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, digestive and eating disorders, pregnancy, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

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