[YOUR HEALTH] Holiday Temptations!

By Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
St. Hope Foundation

Food is everywhere around the holidays. From the cookie decorating, to the office parties, to the annual friend get-togethers, you can’t avoid it! Food will always be a part of the holidays, and what makes it tough is the frequency of events that you may be invited to over the month of December. Use these tips below to be smart with your food choices to help keep your waistline in check this month.

  • Be realistic – Don’t stress yourself out by trying to lose pounds over the holidays. With food temptations everywhere, sometimes a better goal is strive for maintaining your weight. That’s an accomplishment in itself!
  • Every day is a new day – If you over eat at one meal, don’t be hard on yourself. Just remember that it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound a week, so make it up the next day by getting back on the program. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie, but frequent parties can allow the calories to add up.
  • Keep a log – Staying mindful of what you eat is a great way to keep you on track this holiday season. Choose a notebook or something that is easy to carry with you and start writing what you eat down. Every little bite counts!
  • When you’re hungry avoid munching on leftovers out of the refrigerator – make a plate and sit down at the table to enjoy it. If you’re not willing to take the time to eat the food in this manner then you might not be that hungry.
  • Out of Sight Out of mind – Studies have shown that if you pass a jar of candy several times during the day, the likelihood that you will take at least one piece of candy during the day is highly probable. Switch the candy bowl for a fruit bowl, especially during the holidays. This maneuver will keep your mind off sweets and help you remember to eat your fruit servings for the day.