Helpful Steps for Balanced Holiday Eating: By Dr. Kwok Wong
Culinary temptations often abound during the holiday season, and it can be easy to go overboard during a delicious feast. It is still possible for people to eat a balanced and nutritious diet this time of year, however, while also keeping calorie intake at a healthy level. HealthCare Partners Medical Group encourages people to consider simple steps this season that will allow themselves and their families to enjoy indulging, while still keeping their food consumption within reason.
Helpful tips for a nutritious holiday season include:
1. Don't shop with an appetite.
It can be tempting to grab every appealing food item while shopping at a grocery store on an empty stomach. Eat before leaving for the store to ensure purchasing only what is necessary.
2. Be a heart-healthy cook.
There are many tasty alternatives to high-calorie ingredients, and it can be easy to incorporate these into holiday dishes to help prevent weight gain. Some helpful examples include preparing fish or turkey instead of red meat as the main course, and serving fruits and vegetables as sides.
3. Don't go out hungry.
Attending a party with an appetite can often result in consuming any desserts or unhealthy snacks on hand. Eating a snack or moderate meal before going out can help with keeping an appetite in check.
By planning ahead, people can ensure they curb their calorie intake and still enjoy their holidays. HealthCare Partners Medical Group providers can also answer additional questions about healthy eating tips.