December Health Tip

Each month Student Activities will provide some health tips to help our students/faculty/staff.
Note:  All Health Tips are just suggestions, and our at the discretion of the reader to use accordingly.

Tis the Season for Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season can seem like a giant smorgasbord. And, for anyone not interested in bulging waistlines, this holiday obstacle course of high-fat foods, and calories can seem insurmountable.

Here are 10 tips from weight management experts that can help make your holiday season a healthy one.

  1. Don’t try to diet during the holidays. Set a goal of trying to maintain your present weight. That way, you have a realistic goal. You allow yourself to indulge here and there, but you don’t go over the edge.
  2. Pace, don’t race. Pay attention to how quickly you eat and exactly what you eat and drink. Savor the flavor by eating slowly and choosing your food carefully
  3. Remember that holiday desserts are packed with sugar and calories.
  4. Offer to bring a favorite low-calorie dish to holiday parties, so you know there will be at least one “safe” item available. Stand far away from buffets so you’re not tempted to nibble constantly.
  5. Make the effort to continue a regular exercise program. Exercise will help keep extra calories away, but it also can reduce the stress of social events and family get-togethers.
  6. Don’t go to a party or event on an empty stomach. Before going out, snack on protein, like chicken or cottage cheese. Protein satisfies and helps you eat less. Some people have the idea that if they skip lunch, or don’t eat all day, they can eat more later.  Skipping meals might make you hungrier, and your chances of overeating later are much higher.
  7. Keep an eye on your portion sizes. In the heat of celebration, portion sizes can be excessive. Instead of eating a large amount of food, try to eat a large variety of foods.
  8. Don’t let a hectic holiday schedule force you to eat fast food. Prepare and freeze several quick, healthy meals. That way, you have an option other than high-fat, fast-food meals.
  9. When the party is at your house, put low-calorie and fat-free salad dressings on the menu. Pack the table with flavorful vegetable dishes, and make reduced-fat versions of your family’s favorite traditional dishes.
  10. Make decisions about what you’re going to eat. Weight management is all about moderation and making healthy decisions.

Happy Holidays! Go Sea Devils!

Tips Provided by:

Health Tip Sponsored by Aspire 349 Student Apartments

Student Clubs and Activities Contact

Chris Libert

Chris Libert
Assistant Director
Student Activities/Athletics