Holiday Nutrition for Those Who Really Love Food

From workplace parties (and treats in the breakroom) to family gatherings, there's a glorious glut of food and drink opportunities outside your normal routine this holiday season. But that doesn't mean you should throw all sensibilities out the window. We believe you can eat, drink, and be merry—without adding those holiday pounds.

Here are our top four tips to enjoy the holidays, but still not lose sight of your health and fitness goals.

  1. Look for color!
    Foods that are rich in color are often overflowing with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Of course, this will most likely be your fruits and veggies. Start with these, since they are typically more filling and lower in calories.
  2. Focus on your favorites
    Some foods we can enjoy all year long; instead, prioritize the dishes that you love and only get around the holidays—like your aunt’s famous sweet potato casserole or Grandma’s cornbread turkey dressing. Make sure to survey the party buffet before filling up your plate.
  3. Eat slowly
    When you savor each bite you can truly appreciate the flavors you love. You might be surprised that you end up eating less when you slow down. Eat until you are satisfied and not stuffed. However, if you happen to overeat, just go light on your next meal.
  4. All things in moderation
    Let’s get real—depriving yourself or trying to exercise immense willpower especially around the holidays is just not realistic. Enjoy holiday treats in smaller portions. Indulging a little won't hurt—so lighten up! If the temptation becomes too great, take the focus off food. Consider going on a walk or moving to another room to socialize away from the kitchen.