Tips for Healthy Eating during the Holidays

by Sara Waldron on November 21, 2017

How to enjoy the holidays without over-indulging

Eating healthy during the holidays can be very challenging. It can seem impossible to avoid all the yummy food. Indulging a little won’t hurt, but remember to eat mindfully. It’s important to relish the treats in smaller portions, make healthy substitutions when possible, and plan ahead for meals that are healthy.

Why is meal planning important?

Meal planning is the best way to make dinner quicker and easier. By planning ahead it’s easy to avoid the last minute grocery store trip when you’re hungry and might make rash decisions. This will also make it easier to save money and time since making one trip to the store with a prepared grocery list will avoid the temptation of buying junk food. Remember when you prep your meals to make a large amount so you can separate it into smaller portions to eat throughout the week. Another option is to freeze some of it to enjoy when you are in a rush or too tired to make dinner.

 

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Tips for Eating Healthy during the Holidays:

  1. Control your portions. During the holidays, we all know that there are more opportunities to eat sugary treats or desserts. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself but plan to eat smaller portions.
  2. Eat when you are hungry. Try not to eat just because food is available. If you attend a holiday party, don’t stand right next to the food table the entire evening. It could cause you to keep picking at the food even after you are full. Also, it’s vital not to wait until you are starving though because you may overeat.
  3. Plan your meals. Prepare healthy snacks and meals to avoid eating quick fast food or unhealthy meals out. If you are traveling this holiday season to visit relatives or friends, pack healthy snacks and meals to bring along. This will also save you money!
  4. Slow down while you are eating. Take your time to enjoy each bite. Give your body enough time to trigger your brain that you are satisfied.
  5. Use technology to help. Technology can often be distracting but we can use it to help improve our health. There are many apps that can help you track what you eat and provide guidance on healthy food choice at restaurants and the grocery store.
  6. Drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day, not only hydrates your body, it also flushes out the toxins in your system.

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It’s all too easy to over indulge during the holiday season. Try following some of those tips to reduce negative impacts on your health, energy levels, and quality of life this season. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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