Five tips for healthy holiday eating

‘Tis the season of generosity, abundance and, along with the holiday celebrations, frequent opportunities to overindulge in calorie-laden food and beverages. If you’ve been carefully budgeting calories along with avoiding sugar and fat in your diet, how can you maintain these good habits in the face of temptation?

Here are some suggestions to help stay on track by sharing tips she discusses with surgical weight loss patients who face the same challenges as the rest of us.

• Plan ahead. A quality pre-event snack – or even a small meal – can make sure you aren’t starving when you arrive at a party. You won’t feel like making a bee line for the food table. Plan what you will eat ahead of time, so that you’re dining in moderation.

• Moderation is the key to success, even when it comes to desserts or foods that have been off limits. Don’t be too restrictive. Take one or two bites. It’s OK not to eat the whole piece of pie.

• Engage in exercise. Exercise helps burn calories and increases metabolism. Moderate exercise is better than none at all. Even in cold or inclement weather, moving inside is better than sitting on the couch. There are little things to do in the house. Take 10 minutes and walk up and down the stairs. Turn on holiday music and dance for 10 minutes,.

• Make good choices when it comes to beverages. Since holiday beverages can sabotage good intentions, drink water in between holiday beverages. Space them out.

• Don’t beat yourself up. You get to start over with every meal. If you’ve made a mistake, move on. Recognize every meal or snack decision is an opportunity to make good choices. If you have made a mistake, behave the next time.

Visit Bayhealth.org/Community-Health-And-Wellness for more information about healthy eating during the holiday season.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Nicole Fisher, PA-C is a physician assistant for Thomas P. Barnett, MD, FACS at Bayhealth Medical Center.

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