Wishing to eat, drink, and be merry this Christmas without the guilt? It just takes a few savvy tricks and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. With these tips from our registered dietitians, you’ll stay healthy during Christmas without cutting into your season’s cheer.
How to Stay Healthy During Christmas:
You have to stay active. Your workout is frequently the first thing to get cut from the day when things get busy. With the onslaught of holiday parties and get-togethers, staying active will help offset your increased calorie intake. Don’t have time for the gym? Pop in a workout DVD while at home or try arriving at the mall 30 minutes before stores open and power walk before shopping.
Keep control of your stress levels. Though Christmas is often described as a time of good cheer, we all know it can be a time of bad stress, too. Accept that not everything will go as planned and that there is no such thing as the perfect gift. Keeping your exercise routine consistent will help keep your stress levels down. Or, try practicing yoga or Tai Chi for that inner calm.
Outsmart your food. Try these simple tricks to outsmart the calorie-heavy Christmas favorites:
- Walk the buffet first before you load your plate. You’ll know which items you really want to try and which to pass up, saving you from having one of everything.
- Remember that calories can be liquid. Eggnog, a Christmas favorite, is often the highest caloric beverage at the buffet table. Also be careful of punches, which have high sugar content. Have one glass, then switch to sparkling water or another lower-calorie option.
- Portion control, portion control, portion control. When filling up your plate, divide it mentally into quarters. Two quarters should be for low-carb steamed or raw veggies, or salad with light dressing. One quarter is for your lean protein like turkey or fish. Your last quarter is for carbohydrates, so think potatoes, rice, or noodles.
Offer to bring your own dish – If you are invited to a holiday party, offer to bring your own dish. Looking for a good dish to bring along? Try this recipe as a replacement for stuffing or the traditional green bean casserole! The most important thing is to remain healthy this Christmas. Crittenton’s team of registered dietitians offer a multitude of tips, resources, and tactics to keep you full of cheer. If you have been struggling with weight loss, are looking to improve your nutrition, or have other health concerns, call Crittenton’s Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Center at 248-652-5660. Check your coverage with your insurance provider; many of Crittenton’s Nutrition Counseling services are covered by insurance companies.