Holiday Dietary Tips for Your Health

The holiday season is synonymous with pumpkin pie, turkey stuffing, and plenty of food and drinks to go around. With all the parties and traveling, it’s easy to forget your healthy diet. And if you’re not careful, you can end up quickly overindulging. 

With the right knowledge, though, you can navigate the buffet tables with confidence. By choosing which treats to splurge on, how to save on calories the right way, and how to incorporate exercise, you can maintain your healthy lifestyle this holiday season.

At Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nicole Arcuri Kimzey, DO is an expert in primary care and ongoing care for chronic conditions. Dr. Kimzey and our team are here today to share our five best tips for healthy eating during the holidays. With a little planning and knowledge, you can enjoy holiday parties without worrying about your diet. 

1. Plan ahead for holiday parties

Know when holiday parties are coming up and what your temptations are going to be. Offer to bring a healthy dish so you know there will be at least one good option for you to choose from.

Before heading out to a party, consider having a small snack like a cheese stick or an apple. Eating something healthy can help curb hunger, so you’re less likely to overeat when you get to the party.

2. Don’t skip meals

If you know you have a holiday dinner later in the day, you might be tempted to skip breakfast or lunch to save up your calories to use at dinner. But skipping meals often makes you hungrier and more likely to overeat when you get to the table.

Sticking to your regular meal schedule helps reduce hunger. When you’re not extremely hungry, you’re better able to make smart meal choices at parties.

3. Savor your favorite holiday treats

Depriving yourself of your favorite holiday foods can make you more likely to overindulge later on. Instead, allow yourself to enjoy your favorite treats at parties.

Take the time to savor each bite and allow yourself the pleasure of having the treat. Always be sure to enjoy treats in moderation, though, and recognize that having a treat every now and then during the holidays won’t derail your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

4. Be mindful of empty calories

Holiday drinks, like eggnog, are often high in calories and don’t provide much nutritional value. Be mindful of how many alcoholic drinks you consume, because alcohol not only has calories, but it can also interfere with your ability to make healthy choices about the food you eat. 

In addition, make sure that you’re aware of the layout at the party. If you’re catching up with friends or family, moving away from tables of food to a more “neutral” space helps cut down on mindless snacking as you chat. 

5. Set realistic expectations

Parties and gatherings abound during the holiday season, and no one wants to miss out on visiting with loved ones. Don’t commit to a diet that causes anxiety and disappointment if you overindulge at a party.

Instead, make smart choices about how you enjoy your food, and prioritize other healthy habits, like regular exercise. At parties, keep the focus on spending time with friends and family instead of worrying about the food you eat.

To learn more about achieving a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating during the holidays and all year round, call us at 267-317-2174 or make an appointment online with Dr. Kimzey today.

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