are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be
attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from
Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic
Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday:
skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of saving calories
prior to a holiday event can often backfire and lead to
overeating due to ravenous feelings of hunger. Having a
filling snack, such as fruit, string cheese, yogurt or a small
handful of nuts, can help to curb your appetite and prevent
Contribute a healthy dish. Ensure at least one nutritious
choice is available at potlucks by contributing a healthy
Choose your splurges. Scan the buffet or dinner table and
choose a couple holiday favorites to splurge on instead of
foods that you can have any other day of the year.
Think color. Make a plate look festive by including fruits and
veggies. Aim to cover half the plate.
Choose drinks wisely. Stick to calorie-free drinks, such as
water, tea or seltzer, instead of high-calorie festive drinks.
Alcoholic beverages contribute empty calories and can cause
you to make poor judgments with food. If you do choose to
drink alcohol, do so in moderation, and alternate each
alcoholic drink with a glass of water.
Visit the people, not the food. Move socializing away from the
buffet or appetizer table to prevent mindless eating.
no to food pushers (politely).
Savor seasonal treats. Having treats once a year will not make
or break your weight. Make sure you take time to really taste
and enjoy that special treat when you have it.
until you are satisfied, not stuffed. No one likes that icky,
stuffed feeling after a meal. Eat slowly, and check your
fullness levels while you’re eating. Remember — there are
feel guilty. If you did overindulge, don’t beat yourself up.
Just make sure your next meal is healthy, and be sure to
incorporate exercise into your routine.