Mocksville, NC – It’s that time of year again when family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays! We may find it hard to resist all the delightful and festive treats that end up on our table for the winter season, or struggle to maintain appropriate portions when grandma makes her famous sweet potato casserole. Holidays are meant to be fun, and stressing about diet choices and health can turn a great holiday get-together into a stressful situation. If you are concerned that you may have to sacrifice your healthy lifestyle to have a good time, then here are some tips to help you succeed through the holidays!
1. It’s okay to eat your favorite holiday treat. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and nothing creates a more stressful environment than denying yourself that piece of pie while everyone else is eating it. The key to staying healthy this season is practicing balanced eating.
Focus on the 80/20 rule- Eating nutritious foods 80% of the time while allowing yourself to indulge in those favorite comfort foods 20% of the time is an excellent way to ensure balanced eating.
2. Practice mindful eating. Understand when your body is hungry and full. Take your time eating a meal so your brain can better recognize when you are full. Try not to multitask while eating so you are able to focus on your food and recognize your hunger cues. You’re less likely to know when you’ve had enough to eat when you are distracted, and thus you increase your chances of overeating.
3. Be consistent with your eating routine. Try not to skip meals! Saving your appetite for that anticipated holiday feast may lead to overeating. While we all enjoy digging into our favorite dishes for the season, be sure to snack on some nutritious foods when you’re hungry to prevent the urge to overindulge in those mashed potatoes and gravy.
Although staying healthy through the holidays may seem like a daunting task, it can be easier than it seems!
For more information on health and nutrition during the holidays be sure to visit and sign up for the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge, or refer to eat right, MyPlate and the American Heart Association for nutrition tips.
For nutrition assistance and counseling, please contact Davie County Health and Human Services at 336-753-7650 to make an appointment with our registered dietitian.