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Healthy holiday eating


During the holiday season, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

“With family gatherings, or even the kindness of neighbors, we’re often inundated with sweets and comfort foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition,” said Sara Browning, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital. “But there are some things you can do to enjoy the holidays and holiday parties while maintaining a healthy eating pattern.”

Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid arriving hungry (don’t save up your calories all day).
  • Be picky about what you eat, and choose your favorite food items.
  • Limit buffet trips to one by checking out the food options and having a plan before dishing up.
  • Focus on the company and the conversation rather than the food. An easy way to do this is to move the conversation away from the food area.
  • Hydrate well, especially before filling your plate.
  • If fruits and vegetables are offered, fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.

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a woman eating during the holidays