How to Eat Right Over the Holidays

It’s the most indulgent time of the year! Potlucks, parties, and plenty of extravagant meals are on the horizon for many of us. And don’t get us started on the diet fads that roll out after the New Year. Of course, we don’t recommend you sit this one out — everyone should enjoy his fair share of delicious holiday treats.

But, as fitness and nutritional buffs, we are here to help steer your Heart, Muscle, and Mind in the right direction. Our friends, the medical professionals, at vybe urgent care weighed in on the topic, too.

Portion Control is Your Friend

It can be hard to resist a second helping of your favorite homemade stuffing, but it’s important to remember that this food is going to sit with you. Literally. Consider practicing portion control when you’re at the dinner table — your body will thank you.

Dr. Geoff Winkley, the Medical Director at vybe, explains that portion control isn’t just to keep weight off — it saves you from feeling bogged down and lethargic! 

Overindulging in food and drink can not only cause weight gain, but may also cause issues such as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), he explains. There is also more sleep disturbance during this time of year for the same reasons.

You can still enjoy your holiday meals, but be mindful of those times when your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

Think About When and What You’re Eating and Drinking or

Eat, Drink and be Merry…in moderation

It’s not only how much you eat & drink, it’s also what and when.  If you want to try everything, then try sampling everything in small doses, and don’t go digging in the fridge for another taste of pie before bed.

Before you go out, make a plan that includes  portion size, number of drinks and last food and drink time, suggests Dr. Winkley. Planning can make a big difference by giving you more control over your choices.

Eating & drinking too late cause trouble for your body. You won’t feel your best when you wake up still trying to digest that midnight snack or process that late night glass of wine. We often guilty after the season of over indulging, but we think we can correct effects of the holidays with a good detox program.  We can’t turn back time, but we can make smart choices going forward.  Beware of any “miracle cure” supplements and empty dietary promises!

How to Spot a Phony Trend

The company you keep says a lot about you, and at Unite we rely on the power of the pack. But, if you’re on high alert for a phony post-holiday trends, look for who’s hopping on the bandwagon first. A food trend endorsed by B-List TV celebrities and trend hoppers on social media? Keep scrolling.

By definition, any food trend can be a red flag.  These trendy diets are often extreme, unsustainable, unbalanced, and unhealthy. Dr. Winkley recommends that you never fall for the “superfood” façade.

There is no food that is going to act like a medicine and single-handedly lower your blood sugar, make you lose weight or decrease your overall inflammatory state, he says. Eat a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods, including plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 

It’s possible to enjoy the holidays while being mindful about your health.  One thing’s for sure, food trends will come and go, but at Unite Fitness, we’re all about reaching goals together. From nutrition to fitness, we’re here to help everyone achieve their best body and self, no matter what time of year! Come see what we’re all about.