The Nutritionist advises on Holiday feasting.

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Nutritionist, Rima Kleiner, MS, RDN, LDN, discuss healthy tips for seasonal feasting, or as she calls it, the “season of eating”. 

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1. Eat protein before candy to protect your stomach

Consuming a meal that is rich in protein prior to indulging in sweets is recommended. According to Kleiner, commencing the day with a breakfast that is high in protein is advisable. Opt for food items such as eggs, lean meats, nuts, and oats.

2. Stay hydrated 

In order to maintain proper hydration, it is essential to consume an ample amount of water. The question arises, what quantity is considered sufficient? According to the expert, Kleiner, it is advised to consume water consistently throughout the day. Kleiner further suggests a method to determine the appropriate intake by dividing one’s body weight in pounds by two. The resulting value will indicate the required amount of water in ounces that should be consumed on a daily basis.

3. Plan to enjoy a tasty treat from the reserve

After consuming your high-protein meal, it is advised by Kleiner to devise a strategy for indulging in your desired confections. It is recommended to schedule the time and determine the specific treat you will partake in. Additionally, it is essential to allocate a designated location for your treats, avoiding their dispersion for convenient accessibility. When you are away from home, securely store your treats until the designated time arrives. This practice fosters a sense of self-reward and gratification.

4. Eat healthy fiber rich foods

To maintain a well-balanced diet, it is advisable to incorporate certain foods rich in dietary fiber into your meals. Notable examples of such foods encompass bananas, sweet potatoes, and beans.

5. Walking after eating is ideal

After indulging in your holiday feast, engage in a brief physical activity. Kleiner advises engaging in movement for a minimum of 10 – 20 minutes to stimulate your metabolism. It is not necessary to engage in an extensive, intense workout. Something as effortless as walking, a brisk jog, or even basic leg exercises such as squats will suffice.

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