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Healthy Eating Holiday Tips

Posted on 12/19/2014

The holidays are in full swing…everything is merry and bright. It’s a joyful time of year, surrounded by friends, family and food. It can also be the most stressful time of year, which can pose problems for your health and waistline.

One of the most effective tools to fight holiday weight gain is mindfulness. Emotions can drive one to seek comfort in treats from those stressors. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Respond to stressors, rather than react to them.
  • Before you get started, sit down without distractions.
  • Keep in mind that when we are not eating for hunger, only a bite or two will fulfill a craving.
  • The biggest factors affecting holiday weight gain is portion control and total daily calories.

Research from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the average holiday weight gain is about 1 pound. Although you may not think this is significant, that same research indicates that we never lose this one-pound. Rather, these pounds continue to add up year after year.

Make the holidays about family, friends and traditions, not about food. Come January 1st, you’ll be glad you did!


Rene Ficek, RDN, CDE

Grew up in the food industry and took that love of healthy eating to earn her degree in nutrition. She has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years and has been with SSHE since 2013, providing nutrition analysis and meal planning. Her special interests in weight management and diabetes, helps patients manage their weight and health conditions. She enjoys an active lifestyle, as well as time in the kitchen. Rene’s favorite SSHE meal is the Thai Noodle Salad.

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