The registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals in Mesa, understand that the holiday season is the hardest time of year to be healthy. With all of the tasty baked treats, office holiday parties and family cooking, healthy eating habits seem to take a backseat. But they do not have to. With over 27 years of experience, The Nutrition Professionals have a few strategies to get through the holiday season.
1. Aim to Maintain. It is usually not realistic to lose weight during the holidays. Weight loss is difficult enough to achieve without all the extra holiday foods around. According to Laura Savarese, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with The Nutrition Professionals, “You should take it easy on yourself during the holidays. Do your best to maintain your weight and pick back up on weight loss at the beginning of the year.”
2. Go In With a Plan. Before attending a holiday gathering, make a plan for eating and drinking. For example, eat a small healthy snack before you leave the house to curb your appetite. To help decrease your treat consumption, Savarese also suggests having a glass of water or low calorie beverage in hand during the party so you have one less idle hand. Try limiting how much time you spend eating at the party. Wait 30 minutes after you arrive before picking up a plate of food. And lastly, remember your mother’s advice, “Eat your vegetables.” Filling up on foods with vegetables and fruits like soups and salads can help cut out some extra calories.
3. Keep Moving. Instead of visiting with friends and family around the table, take the conversation outside. Get a group together to play a game of Frisbee or a friendly game of touch football. Take a walk around the neighborhood with another party-goer to see the Christmas lights. By moving away from the table you can decrease temptation.
4. Stress Less. The holiday season can bring on added stress to our already stressful lives. People sometimes calm themselves with an extra piece of pie or some candy. But remember, this time of year is supposed to be about family, friends, parties, and presents. Take some time to de-stress by spending a few minutes alone listening to soft music, doing some deep breathing or taking a short walk—then you will have a clear head to be able to take on the season.
By following these strategies, you can maintain what you have achieved throughout the year and keep yourself from gaining those extra holiday pounds. Your mind and waistline will thank you.
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