Dr. Laura's Simple Strategies For Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

Healthy eating over holidays

The holidays are a busy but celebration filled time. It's actually my favourite time of year! But... there are certainly a few challenges to cope with for those of us committed to eating healthy and fueling our bodies with premium nutrition.

Here are 5 of my favourite go-to strategies.

1. The Plate Method.

  • Every time you eat, whether its a buffet or potluck over the holidays, please eat with a plate! Fill you plate to the amount that will satisfy your hunger level and stick to just that. Sometimes with all the "mouth-popping" of snacks and treats we lose perspective on just how much we're eating. Seeing it all on one plate can make a big difference. For more info on how to take this to the next level, try this post.
2. Try limiting yourself to half portions.
  • On those days where your social obligations have you eating more frequently than you're used to, try only allowing yourself half portions. On occasion I've had to eat two turkey dinners on Christmas Day. A helpful trick to manage this is simply to use a small plate rather than a big dinner plate. It leaves you half full so that you can oblige your hosts at the next event also.
3. No junk at home.
  • During this time of year, we all stock up on goodies. I don't mean to curb that... it's part of the fun! That said, routine regular meals do happen during the holidays. Take those opportunities to eat a healthful well-balanced meal. You'll feel less guilty about the party-borne indulgences later too.
4. For every alcoholic drink, follow it with a glass of water.
  • Celebrating is just not the same without a beer or a glass of wine. If you drink alcohol, by all means enjoy it! The trick is not to have too much. Especially important when you're out with work friends. The trick I use is to have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. It slows down the drinking, helps flush your system and prevent hang-overs, and allows you to have something in your hand while socializing.
5. Eat only fresh/home-made dishes.
  • This one is harder to stick to, I admit. But given the option between a factory-produced bowl of chips or some home-made hors d'oeuvres... usually the home-made options with have less sugar, salt, and preservatives. Moreover they often are made with better quality ingredients. When given a choice of snacks, opting for the nutritionally wholesome items will serve you well.

Hopefully those tips lend themselves to a healthier holiday season for you, and less weight to try and lose in the new year!

Happy Holidays!