Tip #23: Practice Healthful Holiday Eating!

10 Nov

The average American gains 1-2 pounds over the holidays. This may not seem significant, but studies have shown that this extra weight sticks and accumulates over the years. This post will give you helpful suggestions to avoid those extra pounds.

  1. Don’t skip meals throughout the day in preparation for a big holiday party or feast. It is especially important to eat breakfast. Research shows that those who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day.
  2. Include lots of fiber in your meals by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High-fiber foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger but are lower in calories.
  3. Use a smaller plate to encourage proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Research shows eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall.
  4. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait ten minutes to see if you really are still hungry.
  5. After dinner, consider getting some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or you can play game of basketball.

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Tips


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4 responses to “Tip #23: Practice Healthful Holiday Eating!

  1. wartica

    November 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Taking my time with what I’m eating has helped me stop going for those extra servings of food; keep the tips coming:))

    • rzirkle

      November 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

      Me too. But I’ve found that sometimes it’s hard to have the discipline to make yourself slow down. Thanks for reading my blog!

  2. liztharper

    November 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I usually don’t start tasting the food until the second helping. Taking your advice will require some habit changes . . . I might need an in-house food coach.

    • rzirkle

      November 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      You buy the food and don’t charge me rent, and I would love to be your food coach. And every once in a while, you may have to take me to Terra Mia.


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