Healthy for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us; the Halloween candy was just the beginning. In a couple of weeks, turkeys, hams, dinner rolls, casseroles, and pies will be here to tempt you. After that will be holiday parties, the holidays themselves, and New Year’s. The average American gains a pound during the holiday season [1] and if you are overweight that number is more likely to be over 5 pounds. A pound a year during the holidays is not much weight; but most Americans never lose that pound. Over the years those pounds add up to significant weight gain. Seasonal variations in weight could also be at play. Studies show that most people exercise less and eat more during the winter. Holidays specifically account for at least some of the weight gain.

Avoid this year’s weight gain by practicing these tips:

• Stay active! Whether you overindulge or not, be consistent and stay on track with daily fitness activity. if you have holiday events in the evening, plan to workout in the morning.

• Eat a healthy meal or protein packed snack before going to any party. Going to a party hungry makes saying no to high calorie snacks and treats more difficult.

• Expend your calories on foods that are worth it. Bypass the store bought cookies and snacks; indulge in quality instead of quantity like a slice homemade Yule log or pumpkin pie.

• When baking, substitute Greek yogurt or applesauce for butter and oil. This works best in breads or muffins.

• Don’t feel guilty if you indulge. Make a choice to eat healthy the next day, take a MOXIE class and drink lots of water.

• If you are hosting, do your best to limit processed foods and look for healthier ways to serve holiday dishes. Instead of green bean casserole, sauté fresh green beans in olive oil with garlic and shallots.

• With gluten allergies, intolerances and gluten free diets on the rise, at least one gluten free guest is bound to attend your holiday gatherings. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. You can easily make holiday dishes gluten free with minor alterations.

Commit to making the holiday season a healthier one. Being mindful of holiday weight gain doesn’t require you miss out on the celebrations of the season. Try our tips, enjoy sharing time with friends and family and stay active with MOXIE’s Turkey & Dressing Ride on November 24 at 8:00am and Holiday Pop Up November 25 at 9:00am. 

Happy Thanksgiving from MOXIE!

  1. Roberts, S., & Mayer, J. (2000). Holiday weight gain: fact or fiction. Nutrition Reviews, 58(12), 378-379.
  2. Read more about winter weight gain

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