Healthy Holiday Tips
December 07, 2021
Tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays
By Legacy Good Samaritan's Weight and Diabetes Institute
Do not skip meals
- Do not be tempted to “save up” for a feast. This usually backfires as it’s difficult to make healthy choices when we’re too hungry.
- If you overindulged, no need to feel guilty and/or “compensate” by starving yourself the next day. Instead, get back on track with your healthy intentions.
- Avoid the “all-or-nothing” mentality. Try to not let one meal / food choice snowball into weeks of overindulging. Take it meal-by-meal.
Have a plan. Make a list of:
- How can I deal with stressful situations (or stressful people) without using food?
- Warm bath and soothing music
- Quiet time by the fire with a journal, magazine, or book
- Bring a supportive person to parties or gatherings
- What foods can I do without?
- Skip the everyday extras
- Which iconic foods can I not miss? Give yourself permission for guilt-free enjoyment and practice portion control.
- Always see part of your plate
- Use a small appetizer sized plate
- Don’t forget to take beverages into account
- How can I celebrate without using food?
- Ornament making party
- Crafting instead of baking
- Offer to be the host
- Have containers ready to give away leftovers
- Takeout containers from restaurant supply store
- Chinese food containers from Michaels Craft Store
- Position yourself away from the buffet table
- If you’re a guest, bring a healthy dish (this ensures there will be at least one nutritious option)
Be physically active every day
- Invite friends and family to do a post-meal walk around the block
- Sign up for a “Turkey Trot” or “Reindeer Dash”
- Have a holiday music dance party
- Gentle stretches and movements to your ability in the morning and before bed
Be mentally active every day
- Take 5 mindful breaths before beginning to eat
- Name 5 holiday items you see before you
- List 4 colors you see
- What 3 things do you physically feel
- What 2 sounds do you hear
- List 1 scent that you smell
- Exercise your gratitude by taking your time, chewing well, savoring each bite thoroughly