An apple a day: Healthy Holidays
‘Healthy holidays’ seems like a contradiction. But here are some simple ways to enjoy the holiday season with a healthy twist!
Keep your weight stable
Instead of focusing on weight loss during the holiday season, set yourself up for success by focusing on keeping your weight stable within a few pounds.
Research shows that the first food we put on our plate is the largest serving size, so load up on vegetable dishes first.
Party on a full stomach
Tempting goodies are at all holiday celebrations – so don’t arrive hungry! ‘Spoil’ your appetite with a small meal or large snack before heading off to the celebration. Include some protein for better appetite control.
Decide ahead of time what you will and will not eat. Having a plan helps you stick to better choices. Plan to include one of your favorite foods in a small portion. This will help you not feel deprived.
Calorie laden beverages from eggnog to fruit punch are everywhere! Enjoy one glass of a higher calorie drink, and then choose lower calorie beverages for
the rest of the evening.
Keep your hands full
If both hands are full it creates a barrier to eating mindlessly – you have to put something down to eat! Holding a drink, plate, napkin or even a pen makes you have to consciously put something down to put food in your mouth.
Physical activity helps boost your metabolism and is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Enjoy walks, tobogganing and skating. Any movement counts!
For individual nutrition appointments call the Health Centre (SU 020) at 403-329-2484. All sessions are $20 for students and University employees.
Diane Britton, On-Campus Registered Dietitian