Holiday Eating Survival Guide
How to Keep Your Family on Track During the Holidays
Between Halloween and New Years, there seems to be an overabundance of edible temptations sabotaging our healthy eating habits. Marie Roth, registered dietitian for Blythedale and Kohls Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Program, offers some tips for keeping your family on track during the holiday season.
- Start planning now for the hectic days surrounding the holidays. Cook and freeze some healthy meals now to keep you from relying on fast food or convenience foods on those days you feel frazzled. Also, keep some simple, quick meal ideas handy. There’s nothing wrong with an omelet with a salad or soup and a sandwich for dinner. It definitely beats the drive-thru!
- Don’t let a few over-indulgences grant you permission for eating with reckless abandon throughout the whole holiday season. Instead, allow yourself and family to thoroughly enjoy the festivities and foods that make the holiday meals special for you. However, meals and snacks at all the other times during “the season” should remain healthy and balanced, and make sure to keep regular physical activity on the family calendar.
- Avoid skipping meals or snacks earlier in the day to “save” calories for the holiday meal. This always backfires. When you arrive at the holiday table or buffet famished, you will be more likely to overeat and less likely judicious over the selection of foods you choose.
- Be selective with the foods and beverages you choose to consume at gatherings. Just because there are 7 appetizers or 5 desserts doesn’t mean you need to eat all of them. Don’t eat a food just because it is there. Choose the ones you will most enjoy and mindfully savor every bite. Don’t forget to communicate your mindful and selective approach to holiday eating with your children, which will help them to become mindful, selective eaters as well. You are their role model.
- Don’t keep all those holiday candies and goodies around the house until they have been nibbled away. If there are some special foods or favorites on hand, consider placing a few in the freezer for your family to enjoy at a later date and then giving away or tossing the rest.
- Make the holiday season more about spending time with loved ones, embracing family traditions, engaging in family activities that build lasting memories-- and less about indulgent foods and material things. This perhaps is the greatest gift you can give your family.
THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLYTHEDALE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND KOHLS EAT WELL, BE WELL NUTRITION PROGRAM. FOR MORE TIPS AND INFORMATION VISIT WWW.BLYTHEDALE.ORG/KOHLS
Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.
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