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Cultivating Healthy Eating Habits During the Holidays: Tips for Everyone

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and an array of delectable dishes unique to this special time of year. For many, maintaining healthy eating habits can be a challenge, especially when faced with traditional and indulgent holiday foods. But fear not, finding a balance between relishing in festive delights and staying true to your health goals is possible. I’m Reatna Taylor, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Nutrition Program Manager at Camino Vida, and I’m here to share some strategies to help you enjoy the holidays without guilt:

1. Plan with Purpose and Strategize Ahead:

Before joining holiday gatherings, craft a plan. Consider your meal portions, prioritize dishes rich in veggies, and strike a balance between traditional holiday meals and healthier choices (like veggie-rich options, fruit platters, and more).

2. Embrace Balance for Mindful Enjoyment:

Savor those cherished holiday dishes. There’s no need for guilt when indulging in these seasonal delights. Balance heartier foods with lighter, nutrient-packed choices.

3. Stay Active:

Amid bustling schedules, it’s easy to skip workouts or physical activities. Aim for consistency; even short bursts of movement count. Try parking farther from stores, strolling around malls, or exploring shopping centers to clock in more steps while checking off those holiday shopping lists.

4. Be Consistent:

Consistency matters. Avoid skipping meals before a big feast, as this often leads to overeating. Stick to regular, balanced meals throughout the day.

5. Stay Hydrated:

Water is your ally. Sometimes, what we perceive as hunger is thirst. Stay hydrated; it helps manage your appetite.

6. Cultivate Self-Compassion:

Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you stray from your plan, don’t dwell on it. Remember, overall health is more than what’s on your plate. Enjoy the festive season without stressing over occasional indulgences. Return to your routine instead of letting a slip become a slide.

In Conclusion:

The holidays are a time of celebration, not restriction. With mindful planning, balanced choices, and self-compassion, you can relish the season while staying aligned with your health and wellness goals. Remember, a healthy holiday isn’t about being perfect, it’s about finding equilibrium. Embrace the celebrations and the delightful cuisine while keeping your overall health in mind.

Wishing you joyous and healthy holidays!

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