Eating Healthy During the Holidays

To some, the title of this post might seem like an oxymoron. After all, aren’t the holidays pretty much a free-for-all?

Personally, I wish this was the case. I even asked Santa to remove all the calories from my holiday desserts. I don’t think he heard me.

Just because you attend parties and get-togethers with huge, lush spreads of food doesn’t mean you have to try it all! There are a few ways to help keep your healthy eating goals in-check during the holidays…

Choose Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are always a good choice, they have lots of vitamins, minerals, and fill you up quicker without adding a lot of calories or fat. Try dipping carrot sticks, mushrooms, or broccoli flowerets in a low fat dip rather than chips.
Portions
Often it is not what you eat, but how much you eat. Keep an eye on the size. And when in doubt, don’t go for the second cookie!

Get “Low” If You Can
Most food manufacturers make a “lower” fat/calorie/sodium alternative, try choosing that rather than the original.

Watch Your Cups
This might not be top-of-mind, but watch what you are drinking – it can also add calories and fat. Traditional eggnogs pack an astonishing 300+ calories and 15+g of fat. What? Crazy, I know! Pace yourself, have some water in between each drink you have.

Don’t Neglect Activity
If you have a regular workout routine don’t let the holidays disrupt it. Strive to get at least 30+ minutes of moderate activity per day. Not only will it help relieve holiday stress (might I suggest kickboxing?), but it will help compensate for your food over-indulgence. Bonus!

So remember, these are not only tips that can be applied to your eating habits during the holidays, but can be used to keep you healthy all year long!

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Do you have any healthy eating tips or rules that you live by during the holidays?

posted by Brittany

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  • Janice December 23, 2010   Reply →

    Filling up on salad and veggies is where I usually start.

    I also always have a glass of water between dinner and dessert, that way I do not eat to much sweets.

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