By Vanessa Cobarrubia, RDN
SMGOR Weight Management
Now that the holidays are in full swing, many of us find it more than challenging to stick with healthy eating habits. We splurge a little too often on sweets and beverages at holiday parties, family gatherings, not to mention the all-too plentiful workplace goodies. While it is perfectly fine to enjoy a few holiday treats, moderation and planning are essential.
Here are a few tips to help moderate your approach this holiday season.
- Drink a lot of water. Many struggle to meet our daily fluid need of 64-80 ounces (8-10 cups), especially when it is freezing outside. Try to drink more non-caffeinated beverages, such as water and herbal tea. Herbal tea can help you reach your fluid goals on cold days. Remember, alcohol can negatively affect your hydration. It’s always best to limit your consumption and alternate with a large glass of water.
- Do not skip meals! Skipping meals to “save” calories for your holiday feast can set you up for overindulging and making poor food choices. Try to eat three balanced meals throughout each day and consider a healthy snack such as an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter, raw vegetables and hummus or 1/4 cup of your favorite nut before heading out to your holiday party, especially if lunch was many hours ago. A well-planned snack may help reduce hunger and take the edge off leading to better food choices and smaller portions.
- Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. This can include fruit salad, green salad, raw vegetables for dipping, and all your favorite holiday vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, green beans, and more. Consider starting a meal off with a broth-based soup or green salad to help you feel satisfied with a smaller portion of the entree.
- Do enjoy your favorite holiday treats but try indulging in a small portion when the opportunity presents itself. Also, try to indulge on only your favorite treats, not just any old dessert. Focus on quality versus quantity when choosing dessert. This way it’ll have a lasting, more impactful level of enjoyment and satisfaction.
In Good Health, Cheers!