6 Tips for Navigating the Holiday Season with Healthy Benefits

Tis the season for social gatherings and holiday treats! Here are some tips to keep in mind while enjoying this holiday season.

Be the Influencer of Healthier Choices:

If you must bring food, be the person that brings the vegetable and fruit tray with no hesitation. Go in the environment with clear intentions of what you will or will not decide to eat. And most importantly be OKAY with that decision. Also, don’t tell people you are eating better, just show it through action. A lot of times that puts pressure on whatever decision you decide to make and creates confidence in your decision.

Remain Aware of Portion Control:

Do yourself a favor and don’t skip meals the day of because that will result in overeating. All food options including nutrient dense vegetables should be within the correct portion size. One portion size is considered the palm of your hand or the size of a CD disc. Use a smaller plate than normal to insure you eat foods in moderation. Consume vegetable and salads in the correct portion size before eating entrees and dessert!

Fill Your Plate with a Fiber Mindset:

Yes, even during the holidays, always think of at least half my plate should be fruit AND vegetables. Other great choices that can typically be a holiday parties include salads, vinaigrette-based coleslaw and soups. Then the second round of eating eat half the portion of other things you want to indulge in. However, do

not set high restrictions of certain foods for yourself, if you want to eat it, then eat it but a modest amount (think half of what you would typically eat).

Listen to Your Body!:

Its easy to indulge in holiday dishes because most come around only once a year. Listen to your hunger cues and allow your brain to receive the message of your satiety levels. The best way to do this is to allow yourself 10 minutes before going back for seconds. Participate in physical activity by going on a walk with family members and caching up; Before you hit the table for another round.

Stay Away from Socializing in the Kitchen:

Talking, laughing and eating all have been a partnered culture experience we associate with having food around.Instead socialize out the kitchen into the dining room with games, ornament making gathering, etc. Have some light snacks such as popcorn, veggie trays and tasty fruit salads but don’t make food the focus. Go for a 10 minute walk after eating and make your friends and family join you. Just because holiday food is near, doesn’t mean you can’t move more!

Don’t be Your Toughest Critic:

A lot of times especially during the holidays, we like feel very guilty about the food

choices we make after the holiday season. Well don’t bother honey! When this happens, we tend to say,” well I already messed up, so I should just to continue to screw up” This is not the mindset to have.

Live well and live balanced,

Whitney & Jasmine

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