Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies
The holidays offer a time for us to relax and reset for the new year. The holidays can also offer a time for temptation; a time to to make poorer food choices, overindulge and to be less active. To practice healthy habits this holiday season, try out some of these tips:
- Eat! Instead of skipping meals before a big holiday meal to save room, eat regularly leading up to the event. Try a smaller breakfast, lunch or small snack before up to the event. Being properly nourished makes it is easier to make better food choices and prevent overindulging. Quick Tip: If there won’t be many “healthy” foods at an event, offer to bring a healthy dish. Choose a recipe that is healthier to enjoy and share with family and friends.
- Practice Portion Control. The adage, “It’s not what you eat, it’s how much” is not entirely true but can be applied to holiday meals. When making a plate, choose smaller portions of the indulgent items while increasing portions of food choices that are healthier.
- Stay Hydrated. Staying hydrated can help to control cravings and prevent dehydration-masked hunger. Aim to drink water consistently throughout the day.
- Get moving! Being active throughout the holiday season can help people stay on track with their health and wellness goals. Try taking a walk or doing active things with family like hiking or biking.
- Relax! For some, the holiday season with family can be stressful, emotional or overwhelming. Try different ways to relax like yoga, deep breathing or meditation. Check out WellTrack, a free and interactive site for Georgia State University students. It offers guided modules to help decrease feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It also teaches mindfulness skills and guided meditation practices. Use access code: BeWell to sign up today!
Nutrition counseling is offered to all Georgia State University students at no cost by the Student Health Clinic and the Counseling and Testing Center. Students interested in nutrition counseling may speak with a registered dietitian who can:
- Provide nutrition support
- Help set wellness goals
- Perform a nutrition assessment based on body measurements
- Discuss changing lifestyle behaviors through scheduling meals and snack times
- Discuss eating patterns and composition of meals
- Give cooking tips and help make a grocery list
- Assist in creating workout schedules to fit in exercise
- Make individualized meal plans to fit with a student’s lifestyle
Students who would like assistance from a registered dietitian should call 404-413-2171 to schedule an appointment. For more information on the services, please visit the Student Health Clinic and the Counseling and Testing Center websites.