Healthy Eating Over the Holidays

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The holidays are a time meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. For many, it can become a very stressful and busy time of the year. Our normal schedules become thrown off and we find ourselves eating peanut butter balls and shortbread cookies for breakfast. To help alleviate some of the stress around eating over the holidays, here are some helpful tips to be mindful of:
  1. Don’t go out on an empty stomach…when heading out of the house, remember to have a small snack to avoid having to stop somewhere to get food. Having a small balanced snack with carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will help to alleviate feeling extremely hungry before a holiday dinner. ​Examples include apples and peanut butter, crackers and cheese, yoghurt with fruit and granola. Our team of dietitians can also help with education regarding balanced meals and snacks that will keep you feeling satiated.
  2. Bring a healthy appetizer with you…if you are stressed about there not being healthy options at a gathering, bring your own. Something simple like a vegetable or fruit tray would be perfect.
  3. Take some to go…the holidays are filled with a lot of foods that you don’t normally eat throughout the year. If you want to try a little bit of everything, ask to take some to go to avoid overeating.

​4. Try not to stress…the holidays are stressful enough! Enjoy this time spent with friends and family. For the most part, the holidays involve special foods made by loved ones that we don’t always get to have during the year. Mindfully enjoy these foods with friends and family and try not to stress. Your normal routine is most likely thrown off but try to seek balance. If you need time for yourself to recharge, try going for a walk, finding a yoga video online, reading a book, or watching a movie. 
Amongst all the busyness and stress remember what this time of year is all about spending time with friends and family.
 
If you ever find yourself needing more nutrition information, our team of dietitians can help with a wide range of nutritional needs.

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