Hampton Roads, VA – For those striving to live healthy, indulging in the yummy food and beverages at end-of-year parties can bring on a sense of regret. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle includes spending time with your friends and family without feeling guilty about your food intake. Finding that balance can be a struggle, so we’ve teamed up with Local Eat Smart Sponsor, Bon Secours, to help you remain healthy while fully enjoying your celebrations with loved ones.
“Buffets are a common way to celebrate. It’s important to plan ahead to keep the endless food options derailing your healthy eating plan. Survey the choices before loading up your plate, don’t eat near the food table and save your splurges for something that’s special for the season,” says Judy Mitnick, MS, RD, CDE – Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy
Try these tips to celebrate the season without overdoing it:
- Keep portions in check. Put less on your plate and pass on that second helping. Split appetizers, entrees and desserts with others. Use a smaller plate when possible so a small serving will look like more.
- Bring a dish. If the event is potluck (or even if not), offer to contribute a lighter option. That way, you’ll have at least one healthy choice!
- Go easy. Avoid loading up on foods that are fried, buttered or have a lot of cheese or cream. Look for fruit, veggies and dip, whole grains and baked or grilled items.
- Be prepared. Have a healthy, high-protein, high-fiber meal or snack before you go to the event. If you’re not hungry it will be easier to avoid overeating.
- Mix it up. If alcohol is being served, alternate each glass with a glass of water. This will quench your thirst and fill you up so you’ll be less likely to overindulge.
- Watch the cocktails. Enjoy non-alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails to lower the calorie count or take the added sugars out by ordering alcohol to be mixed with water and fruit.
- Treat yourself. Try bite-sized tastes or split portions of desserts and other treats.
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Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.