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Published on December 02, 2013

Healthy Eating Holiday Tips

December 2, 2013

  • Eat a light snack before you go to a holiday party. This may prevent you from arriving hungry and overeating or gobbling down foods high in calories and saturated fat.
  • When you're invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy food dish.
  • Research how you can make healthy substitutions in your favorite holiday recipes. For example, using 1 percent milk instead of whole milk and cream in a traditional eggnog recipe can save almost 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving.
  • Wear tight clothes, such as form-fitting slacks, to holiday events. People who wear loose clothing tend to overeat without realizing it.
  • Stay away from the food table at gatherings.  This may help you resist the urge to eat.
  • Carry a clutch, handbag, or glass of water or other no calorie beverage.  This may keep your hands busy and reduce the likelihood that you'll reach for every treat that passes your way.
  • Use a small plate or no plate. You may eat less if you have to walk back and forth to get food.
  • Keep portion control in mind. Create your dinner plate with half fruit and vegetables, a quarter protein, and a quarter carbohydrates. Avoid going back for seconds and thirds.
  • You can have dessert, but keep the portions small.
  • Beware of high-calorie holiday drinks such as eggnog and apple cider. Have only a small cup.  Be cautious with alcoholic beverages.  These decrease our inhibitions and may lead to increased calorie intake.
  • Plan to go for a family walk after your main holiday meal. 

Melissa Romano, RD, LDN
Certified Diabetes Educator

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