Don’t Sweat the Holidays: Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies

Holiday eating strategies

It’s that time of year again… Holiday celebrations, pitch-ins, baking and crazy schedules can lead to weight gain over the holiday season.  Many people report significant weight gain over the holiday season.  Don’t let this season affect your healthy habits you’ve had all year! This year, come in with a plan.  The tips below can be a great start.

Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies

1. Plan Early

  • Everyone needs a meal plan at all times. Plan breakfast, lunch and dinner in advance. Eating regularly will leave you feeling full and energized. You’ll have less room for the unwanted “junk!”
  • Schedule your exercise in advance. The holiday season gets busy, so be sure to schedule fitness in! Sneak in fitness early in the morning before a day of holiday baking, or take an extra lap around the mall.

2. Explore Your Options

  • Find things you can eat on your plan so you won’t feel deprived. Go online to look for healthier options of your favorite holiday dishes. When you do have a high calorie treat, balance it during the day with better options. No one is perfect!

3. Focus on the Party, Not the Food

  • Holidays are about the social interaction… shopping, family and caroling are so much fun! Food is not required to play a role in that fun.

4. Keep Close Tabs on Your Weight

  • Weigh yourself frequently or keep that pair of pants that fit perfectly close by as a guide. The holiday pounds can come on quickly. Keeping a close eye on things can keep you on track.

5. Find New Traditions

  • Many old traditions revolve around food. This season, change it up! Take part in a Thanksgiving 5K, make holiday body scrubs instead of cookies or have a present wrapping party. You’ll be surprised at how many people will love the idea.

6. Keep Your House Safe

  • Plates of cookies, old Halloween candy and leftover stuffing can all be dangerous. If you enjoy a treat, get it out of your house so you don’t nibble on it over the holiday days or weeks.

Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season!

Sarah Muntel, RDAbout the Author: 

Sarah Muntel, RD, is the Bariatric Coordinator at Community Bariatric Surgeons in Indianapolis, IN. She has 15 years of experience working with bariatric patients and loves to watch people as they change their lives and improve their health. Her favorite part of her job is her weekly support group. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. 

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