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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays represent a time where family members come together and eat excellent food. Holiday food includes your favorite appetizers, entrees and desserts. Unfortunately, for many people, enjoying their favorite foods can result in weight gain. Approximately one to two pounds are gained during the holiday season. This may seem like a small amount, but as the years pass by the numbers add up. 

A recent survey showed that 18% of people say its hard for them to eat healthy during the holidays because they don’t want to stop eating their favorite foods. Luckily, there are still ways to enjoy them by exercising moderation. 

 

Here are some quick tips to remaining healthy over the holidays:

  • Portion Awareness: You can eat your favorite foods, but in smaller portions. Eating small portions throughout the day can help to minimize overeating. Try using smaller plates when going to get food. The small plates can help to control the amount you get.
  • Hungry?: When there is a constant stream of food around you want to eat it. This can contribute to mindless eating. It is important to listen to your body and eat only when you’re hungry.
  • Consumption Speed: Slowing down the speed at which you eat can help give you time to feel full. Take the time to enjoy each bite and try drinking between bites. This will give your brain time to realize that you are full. 
  • Distractions: It is important to pay attention to what you are eating as you are eating it. Distractions such as watching television, using the computer or even talking on the phone can cause you to lose track of what you’ve eaten. Being mindful of what you are eating can help to control what and how much you are consuming.
  • Physical Activity: After eating, people tend to sit around and relax. Try going for a walk  or playing a family sport outside. A little physical activity will help burn off some of the food you just ate. 
  • Attending Parties: There are often many parties to attend throughout the Holiday season. In order to prevent over-eating at them, eat a healthy meal beforehand and position yourself away from the food table.

 

For Additional Information:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/This-Holiday-Season-Eat-Mindful-Not-Mindless_UCM_447030_Article.jsp#

http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/lifestyle/holidays/a-healthy-approach-to-holiday-eating