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AHS Weekly Wellness: Holiday Eating Tips

During the holiday season, keeping healthy habits up during festive gatherings may need a plan of action. Here are some helpful tips you may want to try.

At home:

  • Since you will likely be busier than usual, have convenient healthy food available.
  • Buy washed, cut up vegetables and fruit to make it easier to add them to meals or snacks.
  • Keeping higher calorie food out of sight may make you less likely to be reminded to eat it. If there are leftovers from a meal, send them home with guests in decorative holiday containers or package up for future meals.
  • If you bake for the holidays ahead of time, freeze until serving.

At parties and gatherings:

  • Bring a healthier option – grilled shrimp, chicken satay, cut up raw vegetables or a fruit tray.
  • Make a plan for each party like focusing on enjoying time with others, choosing smaller portions or sharing desserts.
  • Socialize away from the food table.
  • Choose lower calorie drinks like virgin Caesars, sugar-free pop or sparkling water.
  • Use a smaller plate.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit.
  • Focus on the enjoyment of eating food when eating and eat slowly.

For more healthy eating tips and delicious recipes visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/page12598.aspx

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