The holidays, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, can be a minefield for those who want to make sure they don’t damage their health by overeating – and that’s a category that should include all of us.
But it’s not that hard to eat healthy at this time or any other, as Meredith Kantsios, nutrition care manager at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, can tell you. We hope you caught her video presentation, “Healthy Tips for the Holidays,” on Dec. 17. If you didn’t, you can still watch it online – and you can check out the recipes she shared, which are now on the WCBR website.
The holidays may be mostly behind us now, but the advice Meredith shares applies all year long. In fact, it can form the basis of some really smart New Year’s resolutions. Be sure to check out the video and recipes. But to give you an overview, here’s what Meredith had to say.
First, you don’t have to be a martyr and avoid the things you love. Enjoy what you enjoy, but do it wisely.
Next, remember that there are no “good” or “bad” foods. Every food, including your favorites, can fit into a healthy lifestyle. Food isn’t just some kind of shameful indulgence – it’s fuel that your body needs to keep it going. So rather than demonizing this or that dish, approach things strategically.
What does that mean? Things like this:
Don’t starve yourself planning to load up at a party. In fact, start each day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruit, vegetables and some type of lean protein. Then, when you go to a holiday – or any other – party, try eating a small meal or snack before the event. That will take the edge off and make it less likely you’re tempted to overeat later.
When you get there, think about what you’re eating. Don’t just graze mindlessly:
Moderation and balance are the keys, so hold onto them always.
Meredith provides advice in a number of areas, including how to:
There’s much more. Meredith provides all sorts of ways to be happier and healthier without going hungry.
Be sure to check out the video presentation, and the recipes, at https://westminstercanterbury.org/events.