Health Minute: Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Tis the season! As the holidays grow closer and we do our best be festive while preventing the spread of COVID-19, we may feel anxious and be tempted to choose foods that aren’t as healthy for us. Allison Farrow, Regional Dietetics Lead for Montgomery County at CoreLife Adventist HealthCare, shares some tips to keep us on track with making healthy food decisions during the holidays.
· Don’t make large portions. We may be unable to have large gatherings as in previous years so it is helpful to reduce the ingredients by half to reduce the leftover temptation.
· Have a balanced plate. Making your plate colorful is a good rule of thumb. Eat lean proteins, carbohydrates and more fruits or vegetables to receive all the health benefits.
· Rethink your drink. Alcoholic beverages or holiday drinks, such as apple cider or hot chocolate, contain high amounts of sugar. Consider replacing them with herbal teas or flavored water to stay hydrated.
· Keep up on your exercise routine. Squeeze in a couple of jumping jacks, squats or wall push-ups to do or go for a brisk walk outdoors with the family after your meal.
· Enjoy yourself in moderation. The holidays only come once a year. If you indulge a little more than you anticipated on your favorite treats, that’s okay! One meal won’t make or break your health goals.
It’s important to enjoy the special foods you like most during the holiday season. Food is fuel for our bodies and each meal is an opportunity to support your wellness. These tips will help you strive for balance while spending time with your loved ones.
Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. If you or a loved one is concerned about exposure to COVID-19, take our online self-assessment for more information.