Thank you CTCA and MomSelect for sponsoring this Healthy Holiday Eating Tips post. All ideas and opinions are always 100% my own.
The holiday season is by far my most favorite time of the year! I love all of the season’s activities, traditions, parties, and treats that I look forward to each year. There are some special treats that I make each year that have become my family’s traditions too. While it’s okay to indulge a little during the holidays, it’s important to watch ourselves and not overdo it.
Today I’m sharing some great healthy holiday eating tips with you from Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Registered Dietitian Sarah Kiser. She’s sharing with us the common holiday eating pitfalls, and what we can do to avoid them.
COMMON HOLIDAY EATING PITFALLS
PITFALL #1- Saving Room for the Big Dinner.
Depriving yourself of food can make you more likely to overeat when you do have a meal and less likely to choose wisely. You will be so ravenous that your judgment to make smart choices will be impaired.
Instead, eat normal meals throughout the day: a well-rounded breakfast and lunch, and a light snack consisting of protein to keep those tummy growls at bay. By the time you get to the big meal, you won’t be as hungry, making it easier to pick and choose which foods you really want to eat.
PITFALL #2- Only Socializing Around Food.
Parties and get-togethers often revolve around snacks, meals, desserts and drinks, making it easy to overeat while spending time with your loved ones. Instead, try playing games or being active together. Spending time together in creative ways is a great way to celebrate the holidays without losing sight of your health goals.
PITFALL #3- Forgetting About Liquid Calories.
Alcohol can be a significant source of added calories, and depending on what you mix it with, added sugar. These excess empty calories can raise blood sugar and be stored as fat. Drinking too much can also lead to dehydration and feeling sluggish the next day, making it very likely you won’t make it to that yoga class you vowed you would attend.
Instead, pace yourself with the drinks. Sip slowly to enjoy the flavor. Drink water along with your adult beverage to stay hydrated. After one or two drinks, try switching to water. For a fun twist, try adding a splash of lime juice and frozen strawberries to seltzer water. You can also make your own sparkling water and gold painted glasses like I shared here.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serve adult patients who are fighting cancer. At CTCA, they know that your cancer isn’t like anyone else’s, so your treatment shouldn’t be either. They aggressively treat cancer while also supporting their patients with nutrition and other therapies.
Nearly 70% of patients at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America travel to one of their hospitals from another state. Their physicians are trained experts at treating many different forms of cancer, and their care teams put YOU at the center of your treatment so you and your family can focus on healing.
Skin cancer runs in my family, so I have been personally affected by cancer. Multiple grandparents, aunts, and even my own mom have had to battle skin cancer and have surgeries to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading. It’s nice to know that there’s a place that is that is focused on fighting cancer and strongly supporting their patients.