Enjoy Holiday Gatherings While Sticking to Your Weight Management Plan

Healthy Habits

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.

The holidays are a fun time to gather together and enjoy the company of friends and family. These gatherings of loved ones also oftentimes include warm, home-cooked meals full of foods that might not be part of an everyday healthy diet.

The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC) recommends the following steps to try to stick with your weight loss plan while still enjoying holiday festivities:

  • be aware of salty dishes
  • choose holiday meats that are not coated in a sugary glaze or covered in gravy
  • eat slowly to help your body feel full faster and help with digestion
  • focus on eating light side dishes 
  • limit the alcohol you drink to one drink for a woman and two for a man, per day
  • look for fresh or lightly prepared vegetables rather than those covered in butter or extra fats
  • pick fruit instead of cakes or pies as a dessert option
  • pour yourself a low-calorie drink
  • remember portion control so you can still enjoy all your favorite, comforting holiday foods without piling them high 
  • use a small plate to avoid overeating

At a family gathering, suggest playing a game after you eat to help you stay active instead of settling on the couch to watch TV or picking at leftovers.

The American Diabetes AssociationOff Site Icon (ADA) suggests keeping an eye out at holiday gathering for these super foods to help you stay on track:

  • beans
  • berries
  • citrus fruit
  • nuts
  • sweet potatoes
  • whole grains

You can also plan ahead to make sure you’re able to enjoy yourself at your upcoming holiday party. 

Eat a healthy snack before leaving home so you won’t be as hungry and tempted to make poor choices later. Also, offer to bring a dish to share so you will be sure to have that as at least one option of a healthy side or dessert, according to the CDC.

In between holiday parties and gatherings, try to avoid the urge to spend cold days huddled under a blanket on the couch. Instead, the CDC recommends trying to balance out any holiday indulging by sticking with your fitness routine. 

You can also add to your routine by:

  • parking far from a store entrance so you will walk farther to get in and out
  • taking one or two laps around the mall after you have finished your shopping
  • using the stairs instead of elevators
  • walking your bags to the car in between each store to get in some extra steps

Try to continue getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week, according to the CDC. 

For more information about healthy holidays, talk with your doctor or visit https://www.premierphysiciannet.com/ to find a physician.

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.