9 Tricks To Help Eat Healthy During Holiday Season

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Healthy living is all about enjoying everything in moderation – deprivation is not allowed and most definitely should not be a part of your end-of-year celebrations! However, the temptation to over-indulge in food and drink is all the more present in the holiday season!

So, here are some top nutrition tips to get you through the festivities feeling satiated, and strong – without the overindulgence!

1. Continue to prioritize everyday healthy eating habits – just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean your everyday habits should now fly out the window. Start your day with lemon water, morning exercise, and healthy breakfast.

2. Don’t deprive yourself. Give yourself permission to enjoy all foods in small amounts – moderation is everything. When you deprive yourself of food – it can lead to overeating/feeling anxious around food later. The minute you give yourself permission – you actually don’t even want it as much. If you have dessert – allow yourself a small amount and enjoy it mindfully.

3. Make healthy swaps – these days there are always healthy swaps around. Go for the greens and veggies as opposed to the heavy starches – potato and rice. Avoid fried foods and enjoy the grilled options instead.

4. Stop at 2-3 drinks and avoid cocktails and sugary cordials – go for spirits with fresh lemon juice and soda and red wine – best options. Drink a lot of water the day of an event.

5. Inspire your friends and family with healthy food! Bring a healthy dish and treat to your Christmas lunch.

6. Be careful with canapés – party season means more catering and more canapés. So be smart when choosing your finger food; go for grilled proteins rather than fried, fresh or raw vegetables instead of rich sauces, and keep track of how much you’ve had (so as not to overdo portion sizes).

7. Have a protein-rich snack before you head out – if you arrive at your party absolutely starving we all know what is likely to happen. Grab a hold of anything in sight and sadly healthy choices fly out the window! So eat a protein-rich snack before any silly season parties such as boiled eggs, hummus, and some raw veggies, Greek yogurt with nuts and seeds, or a protein shake or one of my Sugar-free Protein balls.

8. It’s OK to say no – be confident and politely say ‘no thanks’ if you’re offered a less healthy option that you don’t feel comfortable with.

9. Don’t put yourself under pressure to eat perfectly, relax with food and yourself. It feels so good. If you splurge, move on, don’t let it ruin your holiday. Focus on the real reason for the season – it’s not food!


Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.