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December 21, 2010 > Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season

Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season

Submitted By Johnny Ng

With the holiday season upon us, it seems everywhere we turn there is another table filled with food - from office holiday parties to big family get-togethers.

Research shows that most adults will gain an average of one to two pounds through the holiday season. Too many holiday buffets and banquets leave little time for planning healthy meals or sticking to a regular exercise regime.

But there are ways to stay healthy over the holiday season and avoid packing on those extra pounds.

One of the best ways to avoid overeating during the holidays: portion control.

Following these simple tips can help minimize holiday weight gain:

Rather than load food onto your plate, try to take smaller portions of all your favorite foods. This allows you to try everything, without overindulging in any one food.

If you encounter a buffet, fill your plate and leave the room to avoid grazing.

Take your time eating. Try putting down your utensils between bites.

Plan ahead. If you know you're going to a party later in the day, don't starve yourself ahead of time. Eat a well-balanced breakfast and healthy lunch to avoid overeating later.

Modify the recipes you already have. Eliminate the butter or minimize the amount of salt you put into some of your favorite holiday recipes.

Prioritize your daily tasks. The holidays are a busy time of year, so make sure you are giving yourself time to exercise. Plan a schedule that allows for exercise at least three times a week.

Bring your walking shoes and socks with you wherever you go. Then, when you have a break, you can fit in a quick walk.

Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite foods in small amounts.

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