Heather’s Nutritional Nuts and Bolts: Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
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Heather’s Nutritional Nuts and Bolts: Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


Stay healthy this holiday season using tips provided by Heather Harp from Nutrition Services at Southview Medical Center.

  1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays. Instead, try to maintain your weight.
  2. Plan time for exercise. A daily increase in exercise can help offset increased holiday eating. Try 15-minute walks twice a day.
  3. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can lead to over-eating during a holiday get-together. Instead, eat a healthy, light meal or snack before events to curb your appetite.
  4. Look over party buffets. Choose small portions of your favorite foods and include vegetables and fruits to keep your meals balanced.
  5. Eat until you feel satisfied, not stuffed.
  6. Be careful with items like eggnog and apple cider. They can be full of calories and sugar.  Choose healthier options and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
  7. If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next meal. It takes 500 calories per day above your normal calorie intake to gain one pound.
  8. Take the focus off food. Plan group activities that aren’t all about food. Playing games, making wreaths and seeing Christmas lights are all ways to spend time with others without the focus being on food.
  9. Prepare a healthy dish to share at a holiday party.
  10. Prepare healthier versions of favorite holiday foods. There are many options that are healthier and taste just as great!
November 28, 2016