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Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits During the Holiday Season

Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for festivities and joy – both of which are needed now more than ever – and food always seems to be the one thing that brings everyone together. Whether your plans have changed this holiday season and you are spending more time at home, or you decide to attend a safe family gathering, following the tips below can help you maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays:

  1. Eat regularly. Eating less the day of the gathering – “saving room for later” – is not a good strategy. Eat regular, small meals throughout the day. This helps to keep you from getting too hungry and overeating at the event.
  2. Eat before you go. Eating a nutritious snack before you go to a holiday gathering can help to take the edge off your appetite and keep you from overeating.
  3. Use a small plate. Research shows we tend to fill our plates, no matter what size they are. Choosing a small plate reduces the amount of food you can place on the plate.
  4. Start simple. By filling your plate with veggies, fruits, green salads, and lean meats may reduce your intake of higher calorie foods. If you see a yummy looking side dish that is high in calories, take just a taste of it.
  5. 10 minutes. After you’ve eaten your small plate of healthy choices, wait 10 minutes. This allows you brain the time it needs to tell your stomach if it’s full.
  6. Limit alcohol. When you get to the party, start off with a low-calorie, non-alcoholic drink. If you do choose to consume alcohol, drink small amounts and select drinks with lower quantities of sugar.
  7. When you eat, eat mindfully. Savor each bite. Put your fork down between bites.
  8. Socialize away from the food. If you’re standing around talking at a party, do it away from the food. You’ll be less likely to spot something that you can’t resist.
  9. Find activities that don’t involve food. Grab a friend or family member and take a walk or start a game in yard, or even play board games. This takes the focus off the food.

Have a healthy and happy holiday season from all of us at Steward Health Care!