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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

The damage of Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the holiday season is still in full effect. Just because you gave into some indulgences on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you should carry on this way for the rest of the holidays. Believe it or not, there is a way to stay healthy and enjoy your favorite holiday foods. Follow these smart tips for a healthier holiday season.

Be Choosy.
Pick your battles wisely. You don’t always have to sample every holiday food you encounter. Rather than indulging in holiday treats on a random day, save them for special days or occasions such as the family dinner or a holiday party. Also, choose the foods you enjoy the most and dismiss the rest.

Stay Curious And Eat Mindfully.
Rather than going into autopilot and snacking on food that’s around, take a moment to ask yourself if you are really hungry and if you really want to be eating that food at the moment. If you are not really hungry, you should reconsider your actions. And if you really are hungry, at least you have taken a moment to acknowledge your hunger and decision to eat. Paying attention and being mindful when making food choices helps you make better, more fulfilling decisions.

Nourish Your Body.
Stay well nourished by eating regularly. Depending on your individual needs, having a regular meal or snack should occur every 3-5 hours to keep you from becoming too hungry. When you starve yourself, or go too long without eating, you become more susceptible to eating sugary, high-calorie foods, partly due to your dwindling blood-sugar levels. Keep your home stocked with healthy and nutritious foods and know where you can grab a healthful meal when you’re out and about. Healthy snacks and meals will help to improve your energy throughout the day as well.

Establish Food Boundaries.
Be polite, but stand firm with food pushers. While most food pushers have good intentions, you don’t want to end up eating food you don’t need or want. So as to not offend food pushers while declining offers, try starting with a compliment and finishing with a deflection, such as “That looks delicious. I’m not hungry right now, but I’ll have some later.” If they continue to insist, try firmly adding, “No, really… I just wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate it right now.” Rehearsing your lines in advance can help as well.

Nourish Your Emotions.
The holiday season can stir up a variety of emotions and stress. With that said, you may want to take a look at your emotional coping strategies. Some of us may find comfort in eating, but this may not be the healthiest route. If you can, avoid using food to cope with stress or emotions, you will find you might feel better. If you find peace in exercise (ex. yoga, daily walk) or simply some quiet alone time, be sure you save time for that to help keep you sane during the hectic holiday season.

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