December 19, 2014
It’s that time of year again! As you get ready to attend your holiday parties this weekend, remember that you can still apply a healthy approach to eating and maintain your weight.
To help, we’re sharing the following healthy holiday eating tips from our friends at The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
- Do not skip meals. If you’re thinking about skipping meals in preparation for a big holiday party or feast, don’t. It may result in overeating. It is especially important to eat breakfast.
- Eat plenty of fiber. Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High-fiber foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are low in calories.
- Use moderation. You may think having second or third portions of a food you perceive as healthy is a good idea. However, even these foods have calories and should be eaten in moderation.
- Use a smaller plate. This will encourage you to put less food on your plate and serve appropriate portions.
- Fill your plate with vegetables and salad before entrees and dessert. This strategy will help you fill up on fiber-rich foods and discourage overeating.
- Eat slowly and wait 10 minutes before you get a second serving. These strategies will help you determine if you’re really hungry or not.
- Go for a walk after dinner.
Using these simple strategies and tips will help you welcome the New Year on a healthy note!