Sports Medicine in Austin: Holiday nutrition tips, part one


It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!


We’re entering into a favorite time of year for many – it brings lots of parties, food, late nights and other indulgences. With all of the temptations in front of us, it’s easy to brush aside our healthy eating patterns. But we have a few tips to help guide you the holiday season without packing on the extra weight.

  • Plan ahead. Make decisions now as to how you’ll handle the seasonal events. The more you think about your game plan of sticking to your healthy regimen, the more likely you are to follow it.
  • Have a healthy snack BEFORE the party. The last thing you want is to be hungry at a party where the food options are all off your regular diet. Nosh on some fruit, vegetables, Greek yogurt or almonds before leaving for an event.
  • Everything in moderation. Don’t try to go completely without your favorite holiday foods – eventually your will power may collapse. Instead, try a taste here and there. Eat slowly and savor each bite.
  • Browse the options. Don’t dive right into that buffet. Take time to see what your options are first. Find the raw carrots or plain shrimp, and start with them to satisfy that initial hunger.
  • Avoid day-to-day guilty pleasures. You can have chocolate or spinach dip anytime, so indulge with seasonal favorites – but keep the portions small.
  • Don’t linger by the food. Once you’ve got your plate, move away from the buffet table. If food is in front of you, it’s easy to pick up more, even if you’re not hungry.
  • Hold your drink in your eating hand. If you’re right-handed, have your drink in that hand. This way you’ll have one more obstacle to grabbing for more food.
  • Eat slowly. This is a good rule of thumb year-round, and it bears repeating. The slower you eat, the less you’re likely to eat. Put down your fork in between bites. Chat with friends and family around you.
  • Half it. Dying for that piece of pecan pie? Got to have a slice of fruit cake? Split the decadent dessert with a friend, coworker or family member – you won’t miss the extra.

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