Ashley Clay, MSPAS, PA-C
Medcor Provider

Load your plate with vegetables at holiday parties

Worried about overeating or eating a lot of the wrong thing during the holidays? Keep these four tips in mind.

  1. At those festive holiday meals: Fill your plate with fruits and veggies before dipping into your favorite high-calorie dishes. This will help you keep portion sizes smaller and exercise moderation when it comes to your favorite foods.
  2. Going to a party? You may not know if the menu your hosts are serving will be balanced. Offer to bring a healthy side dish for everyone to enjoy.
  3. If you are traveling, think ahead and pack healthy real-food snacks to munch on, like nuts and berries, so you are less tempted to indulge in ultra-processed convenience snacks.
  4. Eat SLOWLY. When you’re eating, it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full. If you eat quickly, you risk eating much more than your body needs.

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References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,”5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday,” https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/holidays-healthy-eating.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffeatures%2Fdiabetesmanagement%2Findex.html