The Christmas parties and get-togethers have started and with them comes all sorts of foods that seem to only come out time of the year. Some are decaant, some are sinful, and all are delicious. But NOT all are good for your overall habits, your diet or your health!
What follows are tips from a registered dietitian.
1. Bring on the vegetables.
It’s also tough to make half your plate vegetables if there are no actual vegetables being served at your holiday dinner. Consider bringing a dish of non-starchy veggies to the festivities.
2. And eat those vegetables…first.
Many people find it helpful to eat the vegetables FIRST. This means before you enjoy the roasted turkey, glazed ham, savory stuffing, and sweet potato pie, have a serving of the vegetable dish you brought to the party. Why? This makes sure that you actually eat the vegetables (before getting full). And because vegetables tend to be high in nutrients and fiber—a winning combination for overall health.
3. Definitely savor each bite.
It’s important to eat slowly and wait before going for seconds because it takes 20+ minutes for your brain to get the signal that you’re actually full. If you love food it’s super easy to get excited when you first set sights on any holiday feast. Remember to pace yourself. By savoring every delicious bite, you’re more likely to take your time and stop when you’ve had enough.
4. Ask yourself “Am I still enjoying this?”
Whenever you are not sure if you are overeating, one question to ask at different points throughout the meals is, “Am I still enjoying this?” If the answer is yes, then consider continuing to eat. If the answer is no, you also have the option to take a break and then reevaluate the need for more later. If not sure, you can set a timer for 30 minutes and then see if you’re up for more when the timer goes off.
5. And do not skip meals.
Again, this is a popular strategy for holiday eating. Skipping breakfast and lunch to “save” all of your calories for dinner typically leads to overeating. Instead, have a balanced breakfast and enjoy a satisfying lunch the day of the event.
6. Eat what you love.
Most of us find it extremely easy to eat something just because it’s there. Try to be picky at your holiday dinner. Focus on only eating the foods you absolutely love, and skip the foods you are “meh” about. Also, don’t eat something just because it’s a holiday food—if eggnog doesn’t excite you, skip it.
7. Try alternating between water and alcohol.
If you’re going to drink, try to alternate between water and alcohol to minimize intake and stay hydrated. You can also seriously slash your alcohol calories by using seltzer water as a mixer for hard liquor.
8. And resist the urge to fall into a food coma.
How do you do this? Get your walk on. That’s right, walking is one of the healthiest habits you can have during the holidays, especially after a big meal. There are a bunch of studies that say taking a brisk 15- to 20-minute walk after a meal can help ease digestion and stabilize blood sugar levels.
9. Make physical activity a thing the day of.
In addition to walking, consider incorporating winter physical activities into your holiday festivities. Sledding and ice skating two ways to stay active that the whole fam can enjoy. For those of you the cooler states, shoveling snow can be another great way to get those muscles working.
10. Enjoy dessert, and be mindful while doing it.
There will likely be endless assortments of cakes, cookies, pies, and ice cream at your holiday meal. If you can, have some. Enjoy it. If you want to taste every dessert in attendance, consider having a small sampling of each.
11. And finally, lose the guilt.
I know that healthy holiday eating can make people anxious, but try not to get too worked up. This should be a time of celebration and also relaxation. If you do happen to eat more than you planned during this holiday season, don’t beat yourself up. More importantly, don’t let a slip become a fall. If you do go overboard, don’t get stuck in a food rut. Try to get back to your healthy eating habits as soon as you possibly can.
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It was great seeing all your smiling faces at the Christmas open house Thursday night.
As you can see from the table display the watermelon radishes are sizing up nicely and we have a few carrots available.
All the winter squash will be available in the market this week. Will also be adding a few bunches of kale, arugala, senposai and of course, plenty of turnips will be available.
DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is taking a week off to give the lettuces time to catch up. They will be available again on Dec. 14.
Saturday’s view from the back porch.
Things are progressing to restore fences, the “little garden” outbuildings (and sanity) on the farm. This next week promises to be labor intensive so we are suspending product orders till December 14. If you have anything special you want that week please drop us an email so we can make sure it’s available.
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