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Tis the season, meaning it’s the season for green beans to carry all the nutritional value of our holiday meals on their backs. Eating healthy during the holidays can be incredibly difficult: whether it’s feeling guilty about indulging yourself or having limited healthy options, an event that’s meant to be festive can sometimes become instantly stressful.
This week on The Everygirl Podcast, we spoke with Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Lisa Moskovitz to break down all the food and eating stressors during the holidays, and exactly how to deal with them. Moskovitz is an expert on all things intuitive eating, maintaining a healthy relationship with food, and fighting diet culture. So read on for Moskovitz’s top three tips for healthy, stress-free holiday eating (hint: green beans are definitely going to make the plate), and check out this week’s episode of The Everygirl Podcast for more. .
1. Reassess your relationship with food with a reflective journal
Chances are at some point in your life you’ve heard that the most common time of year to gain weight is the holiday season and, if you have a complicated relationship with food , you might find this fact very stressful. Moskovitz wants to reassure you, because she has found through her own nutritional practice that the average winter weight gain for most people is less than 1 lb (so it’s not worth the stress!). For Moskovitz, the far more important thing than what you eat this holiday season is Why you eat it.
In order to combat some of the complex feelings about food and nutrition that can arise during the holiday season, Moskovitz recommends getting into journaling. This doesn’t mean tracking your calories in a journal or even writing down what you eat; Instead, Moskovitz recommends writing about how you feel about food and the holiday season first. Asking yourself why you might feel triggered by certain foods, or even just thinking about what it means to you to be able to sit down and really enjoy a holiday meal with your loved ones can make all the difference in your state of mind. mind as the holiday season approaches.
2. Eat balanced meals at regular intervals
We’ve all been there: It’s 3:00 p.m. on one of the busiest workdays before the holidays, and you suddenly realize that the last thing you ate was a plate of cookies and a drink. of eggnog the night before. As busy as this time of year can be, Moskovitz stresses the importance of eating meals at regular intervals as often as possible. “With the holidays, especially if you’re someone hosting or prepping or busy with deadlines, it’s very common and easy to skip meals,” Moskovitz said. “What I always tell people is that you can eat a little now, or you can eat a lot more later. It’s very important to be consistent with meal times and stay nourished.
According to Moskovitz, eating balanced meals regularly will make it easier to be mindful of your food choices during the holiday season. Its formula for a well-balanced meal includes fiber-rich carbohydrates, lean proteins and anti-inflammatory fats. When you stay consistent with your eating habits, you can experience the benefits of a stable mood, less anxiety about food, and more energy throughout the season.
3. Fill half your plate with vegetables
As wonderful as they are, holiday buffets can be overwhelming. Moskovitz says there are only two key questions to ask when faced with any food choice: what do I crave and how can I make it more nutritious? She emphasizes that it’s not about labeling foods as good or bad, or counting calories: it’s about eating according to what you know will satisfy you and make you feel better. If you want to follow a formula, Moskovitz suggests filling your plate half with vegetables, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with a starch. She says it’s always important to include something you crave on your plate, whether it’s mac and cheese or a slice of pie, as it will allow you to eat healthy while genuinely enjoying a delicious meal. vacation.
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