We have taken a journey this year learning about the most important things we can do for our health from a nutrition standpoint. Hopefully, we have incorporated some new, good habits that helped us make changes for the better. Well, the holidays are here, as are the parties, the cookies and the pies. How do we navigate the next month without our “health journey” taking a hit?
- Have a plan for the day of the event. Eat lighter if it will be a big meal later. Delay the start to the first meal of the day. Eat a healthy snack before attending to prevent overeating at the party.
- Pace yourself on alcohol consumption. Make every other beverage water or a non-alcoholic option. For any alcohol choices, wine or light beer is less calories, but if the host has made a signature drink, by all means, give it a try. However, if it is a sweet drink, maybe just stick to one.
- Bring a nutritious food option to the party. Crudités (veggie trays) or fruit salad always come to mind first, but roasted vegetables, stuffed mushrooms and fruit kabobs are also great options.
- As the host, plan extra vegetables in the menu. Perhaps a crisp winter salad with pecans and cranberries, Brussels sprouts or honey-glazed carrots in addition to the usual green beans.
- Eat the pie and cookies! Just don’t overdo it. How often do we get to eat those fabulous cookies that Aunt Louise makes? Just have a couple, then ask to take several home. Once home, put them in the freezer and enjoy them another day.
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when we are blessed by spending time with those we enjoy. The relationships are the most important thing to cherish. Love on your family and friends and carry that love into the new year.