10 Tips For Healthy Eating During The Holidays And Events

November 07, 2021

Ah, the holidays. Chocolate, cookies, cocktails, endless appetizers - temptations are everywhere, and it’s easy to get swept up at this time of the year. We know, it could be extremely tough to keep yourself from overdoing it, but it is possible to eat healthy during the season.

However, there's no need to deprive yourself, eat bland foods, or take your holiday treats with a side order of guilt. In this post, we’ll share our top 10 tips for enjoying the treats of the holiday season without going overboard.

1. Eat what you love

Eat what you love

Instead of eating something just because it's there, try to be picky at the holiday party. Choose the food you really love and skip the ones that you're not really into. Also, don't eat something just because it's a festive dish - if apple pie is not your favorite, skip it.

2. Eat regular meals

Eat regular meals

Many people skip meals in hopes that it will reduce the amount of food they consume. However, while this may work in some instances, it’s likely that eating less the day of a big party often causes you to eat more later. Instead, eat regular, balanced meals throughout the day. 

3. Eat before you go

Eat before you go

Before heading to a holiday party, eat a nutritious snack such as a serving of your favorite yogurt or a pack of mixed nuts. As they don’t digest quickly, it will take the edge off your appetite and prevent you from overindulging.

4. Watch your alcohol intake

Watch your alcohol intake

Alcohol consumption may lead to overeating by lowering your inhibitions and stimulating appetite. Instead of having several drinks in one sitting, sticking to one or two drinks is a great way to avoid overeating. At the party, alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks such as sparkling water or diet soda to quench your thirst. 

5. Focus on eating fruits and veggies

Focus on eating fruits and veggies

Eating more servings of fruits and vegetables during the party is a good way to help keep you full and minimize overeating without exceeding your calorie count. What’s more, they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and are low in calories.

6. Socialize away from the food

Socialize away from the food

Hanging around food at a holiday party may cause you to eat more than you really need. Don’t stand around the food table at a party. Out of sight, out of mind. You will be less likely to spot the dishes that you can’t resist. Plus, you won’t be tempted to eat unhealthy offerings. 

7. Eat and drink mindfully

Eat and drink mindfully

When you get to the holiday party, instead of eating too quickly, which may cause overeating and being overweight, try to eat for pleasure, savor every bite and sip. It may help you enjoy the foods more, and chances are you will recognize signs of fullness and stop eating.

8. Say no politely

Say no politely

Learn to be confident, definitive and polite when you say “no thank you” to a treat at the holiday party. If you hesitate just a little, people will take this as a cue to continue food-pushing. Or you can ask to take a small portion home and give it to a neighbor, friend, or anyone in need.

9. Focus on activities that don’t involve food

Focus on activities that don’t involve food

Get out and mingle instead of standing around the food table at the party. Take a walk, go dancing or engage others in a board game. These activities will help you stay active and relieve stress while making fun holiday memories.

10. Make a plan

Make a plan

Yes, you've given yourself a license to indulge during the holiday season. But it's also helpful to plan in advance to minimize overeating. As you gear up for your holiday parties, write down what festive foods and drinks you like best, and which you don’t mind skipping to help you stay on track and cut down the urge to eat more.

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Wrapping Up

It’s OK to give yourself the gift of giving yourself a break during the holidays. However, overindulging, especially unhealthy foods can take its toll on your digestive system and cause a chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. When you do overdo it, we hope these tips will help bring you back on track quickly and keep things merry and bright. From all of us at PersonalFury, we wish you all a merry and healthy Christmas!