Christmas Present: Holiday Nutrition Mistakes You May Be Making
Morgan Medeiros MSc
December 14, 2018

Your Holiday Nutrition Mistakes Believe it or not, the holidays are here: as tempting as it may be to throw caution to the wind and barrel forward through another year of stress-induced cookie and brittle binging, you’re probably doing your best to pump the brakes and remain in control.

If you’re trying to stave off holiday weight gain between now and the new year, we’ve got a few tips to help you keep your hands firmly on the wheel clear through January 1.

Skipping the gym

For many people, the symbiotic relationship between diet and exercise is crucial: when you exercise you may be less likely to plow through three or four Christmas cookies, lest you undo your sweat effort. Exercise also produces endorphins, helping mitigate holiday stress.

Skimping on sleep

Not getting enough sleep can cause hormonal dysfunction, increasing stress and hunger hormones and making you more prone to crave high Calorie, high sugar foods. Set a firm bedtime and stick with it.

Refueling in the land of temptation

While it’s tempting to hit to food court during a power shop extravaganza, stay away at all costs, or go in with a healthy plan.

If your food court offers nothing in the way of healthy options, pre plan your meals ahead of time using Yelp to look for healthier options nearby. Take a break, refuel, and avoid the Cinnabon.

Underestimating the power of “no”

Boundaries are important! Remember that you can say no and still be kind. Saying no to extra things that you don’t have time for helps manage stress in an already crazed season, and helps free up space for engaging in the things you actually want to spend time on.

Practice saying “no, thank you” to foods that you know you will regret later. Prior to an event, think about what foods and beverages will be offered, how to create moderation within that event, and which foods/beverages you will be politely declining.

Allowing the holiday to become the holidays

It’s tempting to allow leftovers to hang around for a little too long. Where possible, politely decline leftovers or send them home with others.

That way, you’re able to enjoy the holiday, without the indulgences of a single day becoming a week or month’s worth of overeating.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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