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November 26th, 2013 |

10 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

  1. Enjoy. The holidays are a great time to gather with family and friends and eat incredible foods. Don’t miss out!
  1. Balance. Most people do eat more calories during the holiday stretch. Think about ways to increase your activity to balance out the excess calories. Walk more during your workday. Extend your walk or run by 5-10 minutes. Take the T or bus and get off a stop or two earlier. Small increases in activity can make a big difference.
  1. Think Mediterranean. Go for savory vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, whole grains, yogurt and olive oil whenever possible and use spices to help enhance flavor rather than an extra pat of butter.

  1. Focus on colorful vegetables. Most holiday meals are rich in vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, spinach, Brussels spouts. These foods are an excellent way to include a good dose of protective antioxidants. Make your plant  portions bigger than you normally do at holiday time.
  1. Drink sensibly. For those including alcohol, be sure to include a glass of water between drinks to avoid overdoing alcohol calories (and a horrible hangover).
  1. Keep the ‘heavy hitters’ small in portion. Some foods are packed with calories (and taste)! Keep the portions of such foods small. Cheese, bread, nuts, appetizers, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, alcohol and desserts.
  1. Try healthier versions of a few of your favorite foods. Use olive oil instead of butter. Rely on fresh and dried spices instead of extra salt.
  1. Eat! Don’t skip eating the day of a holiday. Skipping meals to ‘save your calories’ will backfire and you’ll eat at least twice as much when you come to meal time. Eat as you normally would during the day (or slightly less) to avoid feeling overly hungry.
  1. Exercise. You’ll feel better. Plain and simple.
  1. Same as number 1. Enjoy. Be mindful of your eating but don’t obsess or worry about it. Food is one of the best gifts!