Eating Well over the Holiday Season

Here are 5 ways you can make better choices this holiday season to start your new year off well!

The Christmas season is a great time to relax and reconnect with family and friends. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year, and make plans for the next. Between enjoying the snowfall (if you have it!) and indulging in great food, treats, and alcohol, it can be easy to fall off your healthy eating routine.

We know it is difficult. When Grandma offers you seconds, it can be hard to turn down.

Here are 5 ways you can make better choices this holiday season to start your new year off well!

1) Stay hydrated –

Hydration is always important, and often something we ignore or avoid. By drinking your allocated daily amount of water, you will stay full, and avoid mistaking thirst for hunger. It is also important to note that dehydration increases fluid retention in your body, which encourages bloating. Staying hydrated can keep you energized, and feeling great.

2)  Healthy Snacking

During the holiday season, there are many temptations and delicious snacks. From cookies to cheese trays it can be hard to be disciplined. By bringing your own snacks, such as baby carrots, fruits, cut vegetables, and low sodium crackers, you are less likely to be tempted to snack if you are full. If you’re unable to bring your own snacks, stick to the lighter snack options, like vegetables, and avoid pastries, cheese, creamy dips, and large quantities of processed meats.

3) Watch your portion sizing

You’ve probably been smelling the turkey cook all day as you’ve watched the magic happen. It is common to over indulge and fill our plates to the brim. It is important to remember to watch your portion size, and if you can’t resist, feast on vegetables and protein over carbohydrates. Your body will thank you.

4) Stay away from seconds –

“Anyone want seconds?” is probably something you’ve heard before at Christmas. It’s tempting to say yes, but it is important to remember it can take up to 20 minutes to feel full once we start to eat. Therefore, before you rush for seconds have a glass of water, wait a few minutes, and see how you feel.

5) Reduce your alcohol intake

The Holidays are often a time to indulge, and quite often that involves delicious food and alcohol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. If you are able to stay within this limit, we highly encourage that. If you are looking to indulge slightly more, drink a glass of water in-between your beverages and try to switch to decaf coffee or tea later in the evening.

As we end the calendar year with Christmas festivities, it is important to make good choices that enhance your overall wellness. Relaxing and enjoying downtime, is great, but being conscious of what we consume can help us stay on the right track for the New Year.

2018-12-13T19:48:41+00:00 December 13th, 2018|