Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND

We all look forwards to the holiday season because it is a time when we get some time off, celebrate life and get together with family and friends who we haven’t seen for so long.  But have you ever worried about how to avoid eating too much unhealthy food and gaining weight during these celebrations?  For many the holidays equal a weight gain of at least 5-7 lbs.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Here are some tips that you can follow over the next few weeks:

1.- Skip the carbohydrates before and after the event.  As you may know eating too many carbohydrates will turn into sugar and therefore fat.  Reserve your 1-2 daily servings for during the celebration.  

2.- Never arrive to the event hungry.  This is a big mistake.  You will end up eating more.

3.- Focus on socializing and not on the food.  Don’t stay around the food table.  And if you are going to eat some food, control your portions by choosing a small plate.

4.- Eat slowly and savor the food and never go back for seconds

5.- Offer to bring a dish – make it healthy, low in calories and high in nutrition.  Some examples can be the following:

  • Juicy watermelon chunks
  • Juicy pineapple chunks
  • Platter of Veggie dippers
  • Guacamole, hummus and dips with whole wheat pita quarters
  • Big colorful salads
  • Mixture of different grilled vegetables, flavored & tasty dressings, herbs and lemon juice
  • Grated carrot or beetroot
  • Grilled fish, grilled chicken or grilled zucchini
  • Stuffed red peppers
  • Grilled tomatoes
  • Yogurt & fruit & nut mix

Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

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