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Yummy Body Nutrition’s Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


Thanksgiving is going to look a bit different this year, and after being in lockdown for months on end, it’s nice to have a holiday to look forward to. If you’re celebrating with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, trying to eat healthy while enjoying the holiday can be stressful. We put together the following tips for you to keep in mind, so that you can feel good about your decisions and avoid stressing over food choices.

  • Balance your plate. Fill half your plate with vegetables—piling on some green beans, sweet potatoes or salad will allow you to get your vegetables in while still enjoying the more indulgent foods like gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie.
  • Alcohol in moderation. Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine? When you’re celebrating with family and friends it’s easy to lose track and before you know it, you’re a few glasses in. Alcohol is filled with empty calories and will interfere with your digestion, so remember to drink in moderation. We recommend sipping your drink slowly to really savor it, followed by a glass of water to prevent a post-holiday hangover.
  • Pace yourself. When you’re surrounded by delicious foods, it’s tempting to stuff your face like there’s no tomorrow. When the appetizers come out, remember that you still have a full meal and dessert to eat! Don’t fill up on rolls and charcuterie right away—take your time and listen to your body. When you’re full, it’s time to stop eating.
  • Don’t deprive yourself. Remember that one day of indulgence will not ruin your diet! Eat dessert, put gravy on your turkey, have some stuffing—and don’t beat yourself up about it.
  • Focus on what really matters. Thanksgiving is about spending time with your loved ones. Don’t let worrying about calories and food choices take away from enjoying laughs and bonding time with your family. It’s been a tough year, so let yourself relax and have fun!
  • Follow CDC COVID guidelines. Protect yourself and your family! Try to eat outside if you can, wear a mask and social distance when appropriate.

If you would like to work with a dietitian to help you manage healthy eating during the holidays and into the New Year contact info@yummybodynutrition.com or call 484-416-1090.

Written by: https://yummybodynutrition.com