Despite your best attempts at healthy choices and moderation, you may find yourself overwhelmed by food indulgences during the holidays. One over-indulgent day does not break a healthy lifestyle. All foods can fit into a healthful diet; what matters most is food intake during an extended period of time.
Depriving yourself of favorite holiday foods can lead to emotional overeating. Restricting food defeats the purpose of enjoying seasonal festivities that often involve eating. Instead, prioritize your holiday eating goals. Enjoy a foundation of healthful foods and choose one or two eating behaviors to focus on.
Eat throughout the day rather than “saving” your appetite for a holiday meal.
Apply the 80/20 rule: Fill your plate with 80% healthy options and 20% “indulgences.”
Downsize plates, bowls, and glassware to avoid over-consumption.
Enjoy your favorite holiday treats in small amounts, eat slowly, and savor the taste of seasonal foods.