There are some surprisingly simple strategies for eating healthy this holiday season.
The holidays are a time for fun, festivities, and of course, food. Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to abandon your healthy eating habits. Instead, follow these tips to ensure that you can enjoy yourself and also maintain a healthy weight :
• Practice portion control. You don’t have to deprive yourself of favorite holiday foods. Just enjoy them in moderation. If it makes it easier, use a small salad plate instead of a large dinner plate to help practice portion control and prevent overeating.
• Put healthy twists on traditionally unhealthy dishes. Use low-fat milk and cheeses when making casseroles. Use whole grain rice or bread instead of the less nutritional white variety when making stuffing and side dishes. Opt for fruit-based condiments such as chutney instead of fat-filled sauces or gravies.
• Have a healthy party plan. Eat a nutritious snack prior to going to any office gathering or other party. Once there, focus more on social interactions than on the food.
• Don’t make every meal a feast. While a holiday brunch or dinner may be reason to indulge, let it be the exception not the rule this season, and continue a routine of regularly eating healthy meals.
• Watch not only what you eat, but also what you drink. Water is always a healthy choice. The calories and/or fat consumed via a few glasses of wine, beer, punch or other holiday beverages can be the equivalent of eating a meal.
Denton Regional Medical Center wants to make sure that you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. To learn more about healthy eating, discuss your diet with your doctor. Need a referral? Use our online Find a Physician service or call 1.855.477.DRMC.