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Serve Up Healthy Holidays

Article by Heather Liddell

Photography by Heather Liddell

It’s that time of year- the hustle and bustle, the shopping, and all the holiday food! Trying to to stay healthy and balanced with good nutrition can be a real challenge through this season.

Nutrition experts, like the Registered Dietitians at Idaho Nutrition, help people like you every day to take charge of their health, both in person and online. Take these nutrition tips to help you serve up healthy holidays over the next few weeks. 

Be mindful when you eat. Take the time to sit down, eat slowly, and enjoy what you’re eating. Recognize if you are hungry before eating. Allow yourself to slow down and feel fullness during a meal. This will help you be more present and give your body what it actually needs. 

Don’t restrict. When you don’t allow ourselves to eat certain foods, you end up craving it more and can ultimately binge on that food. Instead, decide what sweets you will enjoy. Allow yourself to eat those, enjoy them fully, and then move on.

Focus on water. Drinking the appropriate amount of water will help with increasing energy, maintaining your weight and aiding in digestion. Aim for at least 8 cups of water per day.

Pack in the veggies. When out at parties and holiday events, make it your goal to fill half of your plate with vegetables. This will ensure fiber, vitamins and minerals are getting into your diet. 

Try these stress-busting foods. Incorporating these foods into your diet can help to stabilize your mood, combat stress, and give you stamina to take care of yourself during this season. Try adding: healthy fats (avocado, nuts and seeds), berries, and whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice).

Eat before going to a party. Fill up on fiber rich foods, fruits and vegetables before even going to party. This will help you not arrive to a party hungry. It will also allow you to stay mindful as you are surrounded by the variety of party foods.

Ultimately, the holidays are about enjoying the season and we hope you get to do that this year! Our Registered Dietitians at Idaho Nutrition are available to work with individuals to help them meet their health and nutrition goals. We are also excited to start offering health and nutrition courses and workshops online coming in the new year.

With experienced nutrition experts, our goal is to clear the confusion and support you with the tools you need to be successful. No matter where you are on your health journey, you can reach your goals and transform your life! 

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