Alright, so here we are again. The holiday season is well underway, only a couple more weeks until 2018 closes and a new one begins. A sudden spike in festive holiday cheer has the potential to spike your caloric intake, resulting in unwanted and unwelcome weight gain entering into 2019.
“On average, people’s weight increased about 1.3 pounds during the Christmas-New Year’s season. The new research, led by Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab as well as scientists in Finland and France, looked at year-round weight patterns of nearly 3,000 people in the United States, Germany, and Japan.”1
For some, when their normal routine of regular grocery shops and more home-cooked meals are reduced due to more social gatherings it can be easy to say that come January we will press the reset the button. But I’m here to try to ease your holidays anxieties; even if just slightly. Festive times do not need to become a total wash when it comes to maintaining your state of health and wellness. Let’s not get your tinsel in a tangle over such a small portion of the year. You’ve got too much to be excited and grateful for!
Trust me, if you follow my short list of healthy holiday habits you won’t be left feeling like you threw in the towel. Plus, I would encourage you to not only use these diet tips and tricks right now but put them in your ‘toolbox’ and utilize them anytime you feel the need to get back on track. These might seem too simple or obvious at first glance, but I once had a teacher say to me “small hinges, swing big doors.” This simple saying is a wonderful metaphor for making baby-step changes whilst working towards the bigger long-term goals. “Food should be about nourishment and feeling like your best self. It’s about so much more than inches, calories, points, and pounds. It’s about stepping into your power and making choices that lift you up and help you shine your brightest.”2
I would recommend picking three of these strategies and aim to follow them to the best of your abilities over the holidays.
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Keep an eye on your bevies. Festive drinks whether they are alcoholic or not can be pretty and fun, but more often than not packed with added sugars.
Grab a post-it note or open up a blank ‘note’ on your phone right now. Pick three points that you are going to ace this holiday season. You can do it! Be that role model for the loved ones in your life. The healthy path is not always the most popular path to venture down in social gatherings; however, in the long run your bodies will most definitely thank you in more ways than you can count. Wouldn’t it be the best to head into 2019 feeling more guilt-free and body-confident?
1. Real Simple. Holiday Weight Gain is Real, Study Says – and It Starts in October. https://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/weight-loss/holiday-weight-gain
2. Sakara Life. Co-Founder Danielle Duboise.
3. Harvard Medical School. Harvard Health Publishing. 12 tips for holiday eating. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/12-tips-for-holiday-eating-201212245718
4. Real Simple. 9 Healthy Holiday-Eating Strategies. https://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/eat-healthy-during-holidays
Nutrition Educator, FoodImpact Inc.
B.Sc. Nutrition and Food Sciences