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Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

December 16th, 2022

Here are a few tips from our Dietitian Nilou!

Dos & Don’ts for Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

Here are some easy to follow healthy eating tips over the Holidays, and how to avoid gaining weight on this time of the year!
  1. Sip wisely – beverages like eggnog can pack in over 400 calories per cup. Stick to sparkling water, or have only a few sips of your favorite beverage.
  1. Dip wisely too! Dips with cheese sauce or guacamole and creamy dressings and also very high in saturated fat. If there’s an oil and vinegar type of dressing, choose that one and have it on the side.
  1. Plate wisely! Stick to a smaller plate. You’re less likely to overindulge.
  1. Veggies first, carbs last. Eating the veggies first will give you lots of fibre to help keep you full. Also you’ll ensure you get those vital nutrients veggies provide.
  1. Chew, chew, chew. Many times! We aren’t always mindful when eating. Eating fast means our brain hasn’t had the 20 minutes of time it needs to register you are full. Try to put your fork down between bites, socialize a bit between different appetizers, etc.
  1. Enjoy! Focus on choosing a couple items you really enjoy and savor them. Eat them slowly, and really enjoy every bite of this favorite food. When we really love the taste of something, it can be tempting to scarf it down but try to slow down and savour all the flavors and textures of this food.

For customized and individualized dietitian consultation, meal planning, healthy grocery shopping list, book an appointment with our Registered Dietitian. Learn more about the Dietitian Services we offer.

Check some of our past blogs to access delicious and healthy recipes.

Nilou completed her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from UBC. She is registered Dietitian with 19 years’ experience, and is passionate about helping people with digestive and other chronic health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight management that can impact one’s life.