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How to Eat Right During the Holidays

How to eat right over the holidays with the help of a dietitian

The holidays are a time of celebration and indulgence, but you can still eat right and don’t have to abandon all of your healthy eating habits. With the help of a nutritionist who is a Registered Dietitian, you can make the right decisions when it comes to nutrition during the holiday season. Eating right doesn’t have to be hard; here are some tips on how to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays.

Know what you’re eating

The most important part of staying on track with your nutritional goals is understanding what exactly you’re putting into your body. A Dietitian can help you identify which foods are good for you and which should be avoided. They can also help create an individualized plan tailored specifically towards your needs. This way, you don’t feel deprived while still making sure that what you’re eating is healthy and nutritious.

Nutritionists can help create healthy alternatives

If there are certain dishes that you traditionally eat over the holidays that aren’t particularly healthy, consider creating alternatives that taste just as good but are better for you. A Dietitian can help provide ideas and recipes that substitute unhealthy ingredients with more nutritious options so that instead of sacrificing flavor, you simply get a healthier version of your favorite meals. 

Making smart choices

When making food choices during the holidays, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the options available—or give into temptation and indulge way more than we should. That’s why having a dietitian by your side is so helpful; they can provide tips on how to choose healthy foods without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. This includes teaching portion control techniques like dividing up plates into different sections for proteins and carbs, or recommending snacks high in protein and fiber before meals as an appetite suppressant.

Staying motivated & accountable

Another great benefit of working with a is that they can serve as an accountability partner for keeping up with good nutrition habits during the holidays. They can also provide support and motivation when times get tough, such as finding alternative activities other than eating out or suggesting recipes that are both nutritious and delicious—key components that will keep us on track even when life gets busy! Additionally, they will help set realistic goals based on our individual needs and preferences so we don’t become discouraged if we don’t see immediate results from our efforts.

Plan Ahead

It’s easy to let yourself get carried away when it comes to holiday treats, so having a plan ahead of time can help keep things in check. A Dietitian will be able to come up with strategies for avoiding overeating or indulging too much in unhealthy foods throughout the holiday season. Knowing exactly what kind of snacks and meals will fit into your routine can make all the difference in sticking to your nutritional plans this holiday season. 

Conclusion

Eating right over the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult—especially if you enlist the help of a Registered Dietitian. With their knowledge and expertise, they can help identify which foods should be avoided and suggest healthier alternatives for traditional holiday dishes. They can also provide helpful strategies for avoiding overindulging in unhealthy snacks or meals throughout the season. In short, having a Dietitian by your side this holiday season will make sure that not only do you enjoy delicious food, but also stay on track with all of your health goals!

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no charge online appointment with either myself or one of the other dietitians at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Laura Seibel

Laura Seibel

Laura is a Registered Dietitian who completed her Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Guelph and her practicum training at Brescia College. Prior to studying dietetics, Laura studied psychology for 2 years at Wilfrid Laurier University, which has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of and passion for the connection between nutrition and mental wellness. Laura is committed to providing evidence-based and patient-centred care to individuals with a diverse range of health goals. Laura enjoys building relationships with clients, solving complex problems, and collaborating with the health care team to ensure clients receive the best care possible.