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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Easter is a long holiday which may be filled with many family gatherings and dinners, and many people experience holiday weight gain due to overeating and overdrinking. Here are a few tips on how to keep your weight in check over the holidays: 

1. Avoid skipping meals before holiday dinners

Attending parties when you are hungry increases the chance of overeating. Eat one serving of fruit, low-fat yogurt, or nuts before dinner to avoid overindulging.



2. Make smart food choices

Limit the number of high-calorie foods on your plate, and opt for low-calorie items such as leafy green salads, vegetable dishes, and lean proteins. This allows you to still eat a large amount of food but with fewer calories, leaving you feeling satisfied.



3. Replace high-fat ingredients with healthier options

During cooking, limit cooking oil to 2 teaspoons per person per meal, regardless of which kind of oil is used. Reduce the amount of fatty meat, such as ribs, beef brisket, or pork belly, and remove visible fat and skin from meat and poultry before cooking.



4. Manage portion sizes

Use smaller plates and utensils to avoid taking too much food at once. Your plate will still seem full even with less food.



5. Avoid deep-fried food

Many party foods are deep-fried, which means they are high in calories and fat. Consider choosing items that are baked, roasted, or grilled for a healthier alternative.



Other tips

  • Eat slowly and drink water or tea between bites.
  • Consume your meals mindfully, and only eat when you are hungry.
  • Adjust calories from other meals to allow for more calories at parties.