Monday, November 23, 2015

According to Teresa Brown RN, MPH, RD/LD, CDE, of the Health and Wellness Center and Diabetes Program at Norman Regional Health System, here are some tips for a healthier holiday season.

  • Focus on the real purpose for the gathering. Socialize, catch up, meet new people and have fun. The food should be secondary.
  • Do not arrive on an empty stomach. We tend to skip meals to save our calories to splurge at the big evening event. Eat sensibly during the day. Arriving hungry could cause you to eat more than you planned and make some unhealthy choices. Considering eating a salad, a small sandwich, some nuts, or a piece of fruit or vegetables, it will help you make wiser choices at moments of weakness.
  • Window shop the food at the buffet table first. Before just jumping in with a plate and a serving spoon, make a healthy game plan for the type of food you will place on your plate. It is OK to treat yourself, just do it in moderation.
  • Bring a healthy option to the pot luck. If you are the one to bring a sensible dish, you know there will be something healthy that you like. You can even offer to bring a healthy dish to a friend's gathering even if he or she is providing the whole meal.
  • Small portions and slow eating is the key. If we rush through our meals, are we even enjoying and savoring the wonderful flavors? It takes our brains about 20 minutes to realize that we are full. You can avoid that uncomfortable, overstuffed feeling by eating slowly.
  • No lingering. When you are finished with your meal/snack, it is time to step away from the dining table or the buffet area.
  • Walk the walk. Drive passed the parking spots closest to the entrance door. Park further away to increase the number of steps you take. We need to find any opportunities to move more a little more throughout our day.