Navigating the Holidays
Anna Bryant, MS, RD, LDN Program Dietitian
For many of us the holidays are a tricky time. It can be very challenging to lose weight or maintain weight during the holiday season. Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track!
- Volunteer to bring a dish to the gathering. If you prepare a healthy option to take to the get together you are at least assured one good option. You may actually encourage others by providing a healthier option as well.
- Eat before you go. If you are able to eat before you go to an event then you won’t arrive hungry and you may find it easier to avoid some of the temptations.
- Stay on track with your physical activity. Stay active and encourage those around you to join you! The best way to offset a holiday treat is to get up and burn it off. Those who remain more active during the holidays tend to make better food choices as well.
- Only make one trip to the food table and don’t socialize around the food. If at all possible stay away from the food table after you’ve finished your meal. If it is impossible to get away from the table then simply move the food out of arm’s reach to help alleviate the temptation to mindlessly “pick” at the food.
The holidays are an exciting time we should all enjoy but that doesn’t mean you have to set yourself back in your weight loss/maintenance journey. Practice the tips listed above to stay on track this year and every year!