Nov 1, 2010

Healthy Holiday Eating

by Kiku Reidhead

You may not believe it, but it is possible to be healthily even during the holidays. Don't turn down the egg nog, pie, and turkey with gravy - you can have it all as long as you are reasonable.

A saying in the nutrition world says, "There are no ‘good' and ‘bad' foods, only good and bad eating habits." Keep that in mind as you approach the Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Balance your plate and balance yourself. Not only will you feel better if you practice some self control, but your body will thank you, too.

Take advantage of the following practices not only now, but for future eating as well.
  1. Eat it all.... in smaller portions. Rather than loading half your plate with potatoes and gravy, take a smaller scoop and leave room for a little bit of everything else. Be sure to balance, like we mentioned earlier - get salad, fruit, stuffing, turkey, etc. When you get to dessert, smaller portions of goodies will allow you to not only taste the sweets, but also keep you from overindulging.

  2. Snack more. Fasting before a big meal is a big mistake - you will come to the table starving and eat too much too quickly. Help yourself to some healthy appetizers before the big feast to fill up naturally on stuff that's actually good for you.

  3. Cheers! Try to pick sugar-free or sugarless drinks to go with your meal. You'll get enough sugar with your desserts, so grab a water.

  4. Eat but also ENJOY. Holidays are great because of the company we share. It is a time for family and friends. During mealtime, don't forget to slow down and talk. Taking it slowly while enjoying conversation will allow your body to naturally feel full without getting stuffed.
So is it really possible to say healthy and holidays in the same sentence? Yes. Try it out and feel good. In addition to eating well, remember to be active. Use some of your time off to go on a walk, build a snowman, or go skiing. You will feel so good inside and out!

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