To get a jump start on a healthy 2021, try taking a moderate approach to holiday eating this season. Below are a few tips to help you keep holiday weight gain at bay.

  1. Move your body more to balance the additional calories. Aim to be active for an additional 10 minutes every day on top of your usual routine. With decreased daylight hours and unanticipated rain showers, a brisk 10 minute mid-day walk will help to boost your energy levels and burn calories.
  2. When playing games or socializing at the table, make and refill a raw vegetable platter for nibbling. If you like vegetable dips, choose a yogurt-based dip or hummus for a healthy dose of protein.
  3. If your family is getting stir crazy from a stretch of bad weather, try this fun indoor game: blow up several balloons, turn on high-energy music, and challenge everyone to keep the balloons from touching the ground. Laughter and movement are both mood brighteners.
  4. Make a large batch of broth-based vegetable soup to eat in between large holiday meals. To support healthy digestion, add lentils to the soup for a boost of soluble fiber.
  5. Because of current restrictions to social gatherings, use this year to try out new, healthier versions of holiday favorites. With minimal crowds, you can test and try dishes that you may be normally hesitant to try.

Amber Phillips, MS, RD is a registered dietitian at Island Hospital. She has a Master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. Phillips has a keen interest in community education. “Nutrition advice can be confusing and sometimes conflicting,” says Phillips. “My role as a dietitian is to follow the latest research and make it easy to understand for my patients and the public.” To schedule an appointment with Phillips, call (360) 299-1300 x2567.

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Published on December 16, 2020