Tips to Survive the Holiday Season

By Teri Sprouse, LCSW, Certified Holistic Nutritionist

The Holiday season is upon us and for many of us with it comes parties, alcohol and a departure from our normal eating habits!  Here are a few steps you can take to survive the parties and holiday feasts with all your good intentions in place.

Tips for Surviving Parties

Eat before you go:  Have a small, protein filled snack about an hour before you have to leave for the party.  The protein will keep you full longer and keep you from reaching for high calorie foods just because you are starving.

Check out all options before filling your plate: Before you take a plate, look at all the food options in the room and decide which ones will be the best choices.  This does not mean you cannot have any “treats” but that you are going to decide which ones are really “special” and are worth the indulgence.  (Because really, what are the holidays without some “treats”!)

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FAVES for Vibrant Health

Acronyms can be super-easy ways to remember healthy habits. Here are our FAVES for vibrant health!

Focus on Healthy Fats: Research has repeatedly demonstrated that fat is necessary for our health, particularly omega 3 fatty acids. Omega –3′s are an essential fatty acid, meaning our body cannot produce them on its own. These inflammation-fighting fats must be obtained from our diet. Two crucial ones, EPA and DHA, are primarily found in certain fish and pasture-raised beef. ALA, another omega–3 fatty acid that can be converted to EPA and DHA in the body, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. The benefits of omega–3s are well documented in the scientific literature. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet contains entirely too many Omega–6 fats from vegetable oils and processed foods. We want to have a 1:1 balance of omega–3’s to omega–6’s. Eating 2 decks of card-sized servings of fatty fish like salmon, lake trout,...

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