Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for friends, family, fun, and food! Yes, the Holiday season spanning from Christmas to New Year’s has become synonymous with eating too much and gaining unwanted pounds. This activity is usually followed by a solemn vow to lose the weight in the new year. Unfortunately, for many, the goal is never realized and often repeated at the end of the following year again! It’s time to put a stop to the madness and implement some healthy habits during the holiday season.
I’m often asked by community members what exactly they should do to avoid gaining weight during the holiday season. Aside from the ever-so-obvious “don’t eat too much” and “exercise more”, there are some more specific things that you can do. As far as eating goes, I recommend that most people simply follow USDA’s model of what healthy eating should look like. You can view a video about “MyPlate” at THIS LINK. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are no reason to simply discard healthy eating habits. But, if you must have some dessert, it’s OK. Just make sure that you resume healthy eating habits the day after as if nothing happened. This will help you avoid the idea that if you eat a little extra calories one day, you should therefore continue to eat extra calories all of the time.
Allen Anderson, RD