The Dos & Don'ts of Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is not a great time to start a diet but for most of us, simply avoiding a weight gain over the holiday season

The holiday season is a time of festive get togethers with family and friends, celebration but it can also be a season of eating gone wrong, healthy living off track and the sowing of the seeds of next years New Year’s resolutions.

The holiday season is not a great time to start a diet but for most of us, simply avoiding a weight gain over the holiday season would equal success. To not veer too far from your everyday health goals, here are some basics to get you through the sometimes Bacchanalian holiday season without going up two pants sizes.

DO eat a healthy snack before gatherings to ward off the buffet feeding frenzy.

DON’T use every gathering as an excuse to veer from regular healthy eating habits. For most of us, there are simply too many occasions to over indulge and if we don’t pick and choose, the pounds will add up fast. 

DO pick from great healthy options like crudité (fancy for fresh vegetables) and small amounts of holiday goodies.

DON’T go crazy grazing, take a small plate, fill it with good stuff and be done. Do join in the spirit and have a cocktail if the mood strikes you.

DON’T over indulge as it tends to lead to unrestrained eating, dehydration and feel good, hangover eating and skipping regular exercise. 

DO enjoy a dessert from the dessert tray.

DON’T enjoy all of the desserts on the dessert tray. An old adage for the weight watchers among us is “taste everything, eat nothing,” meaning a bite of something gives you the taste and enjoyment without the teetering calories of large portions of everything. Really if you think about it, those first two bites of anything are the best. 

DO try to maintain your normal eating and exercise habits through the crazy, chaotic and often stressful holiday season.

DON’T let one “bad” night of eating take you down the wrong road. So you ate the whole dessert tray at the office party on top of too many cocktails and your scale made you gasp. Don’t resign yourself to a hefty, holiday weight gain. Wipe the slate clean, try to get a little more exercise and cut back without going into overdrive. 

So enjoy the holidays in moderation, revel in the friends and the fun as much as the food and start the New Year on the right foot.

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