Eating tips for the Holidays

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Culturally, we all generally start putting focus and attention on what and how we eat in January, the beginning of the calendar year. That means at the end of the year, we find ourselves throwing caution to the wind. Sure, we can blame the holidays, and maybe family, friends, and tradition is a good reason to relax and not completely overthink things, but what’s on our plates at the end of the year doesn’t have to be as bad as our as we think it has to be.

Those of us who are looking to stave off the pounds or stick to a plan that we already have, consciously portion our intake wisely. No, the cakes, and cookies, and pies are not completely off-limits, but being selective about what and how much you’re consuming will help in the long run.

We know that this is a time for fun and celebration and that the negative ramifications of having a good time will probably be the last thing on your mind. But here are our 7 tips to stay on track and keep the pounds from piling up before January.




Culturally, we all generally start putting focus and attention on what and how we eat in January, the beginning of the calendar year. That means at the end of the year, we find ourselves throwing caution to the wind. Sure, we can blame the holidays, and maybe family, friends, and tradition is a good reason to relax and not completely overthink things, but what’s on our plates at the end of the year doesn’t have to be as bad as our as we think it has to be.

Those of us who are looking to stave off the pounds or stick to a plan that we already have, consciously portion our intake wisely. No, the cakes, and cookies, and pies are not completely off-limits, but being selective about what and how much you’re consuming will help in the long run.

We know that this is a time for fun and celebration and that the negative ramifications of having a good time will probably be the last thing on your mind. But here are our 7 tips to stay on track and keep the pounds from piling up before January.




Don’t go to the party hungry.

Everybody is going to have a party: your job, your neighbors, the family, some friends, the family again… When you’re hungry, everything looks good, and you have no concept of how much you’re eating. If you eat before you go, sure, you might want to taste a little bit that dish that you only get around the holidays, but you won’t have to worry about pigging out on all that good food.

The best type of food or snack to eat to keep from feeling starved is protein, healthy fat with complex carbohydrates, like a banana with nut butter.

Stay away from the simple, empty sugars if you don’t want to feel hungry. Which brings us to our next point…

Make your own plate.

If you’re consciously being picky because you want to watch your diet, you know to avoid overdoing it with sauces and gravies and other accouterments that come along with big, buffet-style meals.

You may even what to play little mind tricks on yourself by eating off smaller plates or organizing the food so that there’s little room for the more indulgent dishes.

Drinks have calories in them too.

The one thing we usually forget about is the drinks. A lot of alcoholic drinks that we love the most are full of sugar, especially the pretty ones, colorful ones, and the ones filled with extra sweetness. Some brands of Rum can run you about 180 calories per shot!



Fill up on veggies (and fruit too).

If you’re the type of person that needs to have something in your hand and mouth when you’re around other people who’re eating, do yourself a favor and nibble on the veggies and some fruits if you have to. Just don’t fall into the trap of nibbling on the cookies or sipping on the spiked eggnog the whole night.

Bust a move (or two).

Chances are, wherever you’re planning to spend these holiday parties there’s going to be music. Don’t be shy. Hit the dance floor! Dancing is one of the best ways to burn off a few extra calories. Even if you suck at dancing, just the act of moving around is beneficial.

Make socializing the priority.

The parties shouldn’t be all about the food. Make it about the people (and the pets) that you might only see during this time of the year. Spend the time talking more (no politics, please), sharing stories, laughing, and of course dancing.

Maybe it’s okay to say “No”.

Everybody’s going to be cooking something, so that means that everybody’s going to expect you to have some of their food. It’s hard but it’s okay to pass. You don’t have to have everything, or at least not a full serving of everything. Maybe if you let some people know that you’re taking your health a bit more seriously, that can be one of the conversations you to distract yourself from overeating.

Don’t go to the party hungry.

Everybody is going to have a party: your job, your neighbors, the family, some friends, the family again… When you’re hungry, everything looks good, and you have no concept of how much you’re eating. If you eat before you go, sure, you might want to taste a little bit that dish that you only get around the holidays, but you won’t have to worry about pigging out on all that good food.

The best type of food or snack to eat to keep from feeling starved is protein, healthy fat with complex carbohydrates, like a banana with nut butter.

Stay away from the simple, empty sugars if you don’t want to feel hungry. Which brings us to our next point…

Make your own plate.

If you’re consciously being picky because you want to watch your diet, you know to avoid overdoing it with sauces and gravies and other accouterments that come along with big, buffet-style meals.

You may even what to play little mind tricks on yourself by eating off smaller plates or organizing the food so that there’s little room for the more indulgent dishes.



Drinks have calories in them too.

The one thing we usually forget about is the drinks. A lot of alcoholic drinks that we love the most are full of sugar, especially the pretty ones, colorful ones, and the ones filled with extra sweetness. Some brands of Rum can run you about 180 calories per shot!

Fill up on veggies (and fruit too).

If you’re the type of person that needs to have something in your hand and mouth when you’re around other people who’re eating, do yourself a favor and nibble on the veggies and some fruits if you have to. Just don’t fall into the trap of nibbling on the cookies or sipping on the spiked eggnog the whole night.

Bust a move (or two).

Chances are, wherever you’re planning to spend these holiday parties there’s going to be music. Don’t be shy. Hit the dance floor! Dancing is one of the best ways to burn off a few extra calories. Even if you suck at dancing, just the act of moving around is beneficial.

Make socializing the priority.

The parties shouldn’t be all about the food. Make it about the people (and the pets) that you might only see during this time of the year. Spend the time talking more (no politics, please), sharing stories, laughing, and of course dancing.

Maybe it’s okay to say “No”.

Everybody’s going to be cooking something, so that means that everybody’s going to expect you to have some of their food. It’s hard but it’s okay to pass. You don’t have to have everything, or at least not a full serving of everything. Maybe if you let some people know that you’re taking your health a bit more seriously, that can be one of the conversations you to distract yourself from overeating.






Listen, it’s a time to enjoy yourself and your time with people you love, who you may not get the chance to see very often. You don’t have to ruin it by being too rigid with your diet, but if you completely fall off the wagon and just throw caution to the wind by eating everything in sight, you’ll be beating yourself up come January versus hitting that new year with confidence that you can keep your goals.



Listen, it’s a time to enjoy yourself and your time with people you love, who you may not get the chance to see very often. You don’t have to ruin it by being too rigid with your diet, but if you completely fall off the wagon and just throw caution to the wind by eating everything in sight, you’ll be beating yourself up come January versus hitting that new year with confidence that you can keep your goals.