I love the holidays! You can be creative with your decorations, spend time with friends and family, and who can forget those holiday parties? One of my favorite things to do is make snacks and bake delicious treats for the holidays and (of course) eat them! However, this year I have been trying to be more mindful of what I fill my plate with at events and parties. Many times guests will plan for a party with the intention of trying to save a few calories. (I confess I have done this in the past.) There’s an idea that if we eat light all day, our calories will balance out by the end of the night. I know that when I have done this, I was ravenous by the time the party started, headed straight to the snack table and filled my plate up multiple times. It might seem funny, but in reality, when people limited their calories earlier, they find they have eaten more calories at the event alone versus what they would normally eat all day. What if we could end that cycle of holiday food regret by following some tips and ideas that
could help us enjoy the party instead of patrolling the food table?
These simple tips help me stay mindful for upcoming holiday and social events. Hopefully, they can help you make your holiday season more enjoyable and not full of food regrets. Happy Holidays and happy eating!
Written by Hilary Shoemake, Priority Nutrition Care Dietetic Intern
Reviewed by the Nutrition Services Team
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