From Sound Dietitians, a partner of the Verdant Health Commission. View the complete blog post from Sound Dietitians at http://www.sounddietitians.com/sd-blog/tips-and-tricks-to-healthfully-navigate-the-holidays.
The holidays are here! This wonderful time of the year brings creamy potatoes, savory meats, tasty treats, and often…weight gain. But have no fear! Here are a few simple tips to help you navigate the holidays while still enjoying the foods you love.
Bring a dish
Bring a low calorie dish that you know you’ll enjoy. Try a green salad, vegetable or fruit platter, or a whole grain dish.
Don’t “save up” your calories
Don’t starve yourself all day in preparation for one meal. This method often leads to overeating. Instead, enjoy light meals during the day and have a snack before the party.
Scan your options before grabbing a plate
Be picky! Look at your options before loading up your plate. Choose your treats and make healthier choices for the rest of your plate. When dining out, read the menu ahead of time and don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or accommodations. For example, order vegetables instead of fries or ask for the sauce on the side.
View the 7 remaining tips in the blog post from Leah, a Dietetic Intern with Sound Dietitians, on the Sound Dietitians blog: http://www.sounddietitians.com/sd-blog/tips-and-tricks-to-healthfully-navigate-the-holidays