In our previous Avera Medical Minute we focused on your Thanksgiving dinner and how not to go overboard with calories. We have advice from a pro on how to survive the entire holiday season without packing on 20 pounds.
With Thanksgiving we officially start the "holiday season". A time for family, friends, fellowship, and if we're not careful... fat. It's important to remember it's not just one day, it's a month and a half of holiday parties and food trays at work.
Registered Dietician Nikki Ver Steeg at the Avera Heart Hospital says, "One good idea is to avoid the spot where they put the food items. If there is always one place people put treats at work, don't hang out in that area too much and try to stay away until the end of the day or end of the morning. By then everyone has been through and there won't be that much left. Another thing, if another department doesn't get these treats maybe pass them on to them."
Also don't eat things that aren't that good for you if you don't like them in the first place. Why waste the calories? If you are at someones house, of course, you don't want to be rude. Be discrete, cover your plate and maybe take it in to the kitchen to throw away.
Nikki says, "As for all those holiday parties, it works for some people to eat first then when they get there they make wiser choices and don't eat as much. However, those of you who eat when you get to the party anyway, don't eat before you go and work on moving away from the food and drink. A lot of times you forget that beverages add up on calories so both need to be watched."
And finally, it's probably not a great idea to start a diet right about now. Ver Steeg says if you don't put on weight during the holiday's you are doing well. So watch portion size, pass on seconds, and pass by the treats at work.
Ver Steeg also says it's okay to sample holiday treats, just don't eat huge portions of everything. Instead, have little bites of the things you like the most.