How to Stick to a Healthy Diet Plan During the Holidays

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Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 06/23/2014

On Thanksgiving eat the turkey, but skip the skin.Thanksgiving is more than just one meal—it’s the start of an entire holiday season filled with food, fellowship…and more food! All this temptations can certainly make even the most dedicated people stray from their healthy diet plan.

"Holiday feasting" is as human as wearing shoes. But so are heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and the terrible discomfort of engorgement. Here are seven tips for sticking to your healthy diet plan, without sacrificing your holiday cheer:

1. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #1: Eat the turkey, but skip the skin. A 3-ounce serving of turkey contains 6 grams of fat. The same serving size without the skin has only 1 gram.

2. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #2: Remember, feasting is as much fellowship as food. We gather to enjoy each other's company, so focus on the conversation as much as you do the meal.

3. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #3: Keep your portions reasonable. You don't have to eat half the turkey; no one will be offended if you don't. Load your plate to where you can always see some plate between the items.

4. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #4: Embrace the salads, sweet potatoes, fruits, and vegetables. Crowd your plate with them, leaving little room for the higher-fat items.

5. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #5: Put down your fork between bites, slow down, and focus on how each food tastes. In other words, enjoy your meal.

6. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #6: Drink plenty of fluids. You'll be taking in a lot of nutrients, including protein, and washing these out takes lots of water. (Beer and wine don't count.)

7. Healthy Diet Plan Tip #7: Gather up your family and friends and organize a post meal walk. Exercise boosts your metabolism and helps clear glucose from your bloodstream, improving control for those with diabetes.

Now it’s your turn: How do you stick to a healthy diet plan during the holiday season?

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