Healthy Eating Strategies for the Holidays

Potlucks, family reunions, office parties, and cookie swaps are just a few of the reasons why many people find themselves a little heavier after the holidays. Instead of relying on a New Year’s resolution to help you lose some extra pounds, try using a few simple strategies to maintain a trim waistline during the holiday season. If you’re a resident of the Riverside area and you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, you can receive personalized guidance for healthy eating from the caring providers at Riverside Community Hospital.

Practice Mindful Eating

The holidays are about spending time with loved ones. But while people socialize, they often consume far more calories than they realize. Practice mindfulness before eating by considering whether you’re truly hungry. Eat slowly to give your body time to recognize when you’re satiated.

Be Selective at the Buffet Table

Scan the entire buffet table before picking up a plate and serving yourself. By making your choices ahead of time, you may be more likely to choose from the veggie and fruit platters. Unless you’re following a special diet recommended by your doctor for health reasons, it’s alright to occasionally indulge in holiday treats. Just be sure to take only a small portion of dessert.

Avoid Extra Calories While Baking

Many families celebrate the holidays by baking trays of cookies and other sweet treats, and gifting them to family and friends. If you find yourself sampling sugary desserts while you’re baking, consider baking a holiday dessert for others that you do not care for. You could also wrap up cookies in gift boxes and deliver them right away instead of leaving them in the kitchen. Other strategies are to bake early in the morning when sugary foods aren’t as appealing and to brush your teeth right before getting to work in the kitchen.

Riverside Community Hospital is your partner in wellness. This holiday season, consider exploring our preventive wellness services, including classes and events, along with our specialty medical services such as bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, organ transplant, and heart care. If you have questions about our hospital services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463 or visit our Riverside facility on the Web.

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