Keeping nutrition in mind during the holidays


As heads start to clear after Thanksgiving, and as belts feel tighter, many people are thinking about the coming of Christmas. Between two big holidays heavy on eating and treats, you might be thinking about ways to stay on diet or just avoid gaining weight over the holidays.

“This is usually the most common time,” said Jackie Allen a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. “…where you see two types of people. You have the people that are indulgent, and then you have people that are a little bit more hyper-focused. “

Andria Nussey, a personal trainer and nutritionist at the Bar Athletic Club elaborated on this: “a couple of the major mistakes people make around the holidays is one day of eating a Thanksgiving feast can turn into three or four days where we have pie for breakfast — lots of leftovers.”

From blogs to news outlets to medical journals, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, everyone has advice but it is important to consider the source.

“You can Google nutrition and recipes and you’re gonna be inundated,” said Allen. “But I would just look and make sure that it’s from a reputable source.” Nussey spoke more on this, saying, “there are plenty of things online, some of them can be less than accurate. That may be the time you want to go ahead and consult a nutritionist or a dietitian.”

Simple tips like reading the ingredients on canned or packaged products, choosing alternatives that are less processed, and just asking what’s in something. Cooking something yourself instead of buying it.

While usually best to consult an actual nutritionist, like Jackie Allen or Andria Nussey, there are also many resources available online. As New Year’s resolution time approaches, get a jump start by considering your healthier options.

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