Saint Louis University

Author: Susanna Hopkins
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011

The holidays have a tendency to be rushed and are usually very stressful, therefore, it’s important to remember to take a step back and enjoy family and friends in the hustle of trying to get everything done. The holidays can also be a time when everyone tends to overindulge. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy while enjoying the holidays!

Saint Louis University Dietetic Interns Holiday Party
Interns at the Holiday Department Party
  1. Get plenty of sleep. Inadequate sleep can cause weight gain. Even if your normal schedule is interrupted, make certain to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night to stay healthy.
  2. Control your alcohol intake. Even though the holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends, be cautious to not drink excessive amounts of alcohol because it usually contains large amounts of calories as well as it may leave you feeling drained.
  3. Have healthy snacks such as fresh veggies, fruits, trail mixes, and low-fat cheeses available while waiting for the main meal to curb hunger pangs and avoid eating too much at dinner. Also, even though you may be busy, avoid fast-foods as they contain large amounts of fat and calories. Plan meals ahead of time or pack healthy snacks if you are expecting to be away from home for an extended period of time. Stick to regular meals so that you don’t get the urge to binge.
  4. Eat slowly and consciously and listen to signals that tell you you’re full. As soon as you feel full, stop.
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    Interns at the Holiday Department Party
  6. Although a fried turkey may be tasty, try roasting it on a high heat at first to get a crunchy skin. Try steaming veggies, using herbs instead of extra salt, and use cooking spray to cut back on extra fat.
  7. Watch the sweets!! Sweets tend to be high in excess calories so try to limit your intake.
  8. Although you may be busy, try to maintain your exercise routine or take a couple extra laps around the mall or grocery store while shopping.
  9. And last but not least, take care of yourself!
Saint Louis University Dietetic Interns Holiday Party
Interns at the Holiday Department Party

Merry Christmas from the Interns!