Holiday Health Starts Now

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I’m a firm believer that it’s possible to enjoy holiday parties and treats without sacrificing health and gaining extra pounds.

This eNews article, Five Secrets for a Festive and Cancer-Protective Holiday Table, outlines 5 strategies to help you meet that goal. Here are a few more ideas to navigate the holiday season and stay on a healthy track.

  • Be a holiday food snob. Choose treats wisely – for example, focus on those that are only available to you this time of year. Yes, those M & M’s in holiday colors are tempting, but really, the classic ones all taste the same and are available all year round. One of our family favorites is “Grandma Steinmann’s Coconut Candy” that we make and eat only around Christmas. The novelty of those “once a year candies” makes them truly a treat.
  • Use a salad plate at buffets. Research shows that the amount of food on our plate influences how much we eat and how satisfied we are. Also, we experience the most flavor and enjoyment out of the first few bites. You can still eat your favorites, but with smaller portions you’ll end up with fewer calories and have enjoyed it all just as much.
  • Step away from the food table. At parties, position yourself across the room from the food and beverage tables. This may help you make more conscious decisions about what and when to eat and even just one less plateful of rich appetizers or one fewer caloric beverage at each party adds up to serious calorie savings.

For many more ideas on making healthy choices day in and day out, check out our New American Plate Challenge page. Challenge #12 sums up many of the tips presented over the 12 weeks, so you’ll find some great tips there.

What are strategies you use to enjoy holiday indulgences and maintain your healthy habits?


    Author: Alice RD

    Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.

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