7 Tips For Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Nutritionist Sara Sullivan offers easy tips to eat healthy during the holidays.

We asked the instructor for our popular 6 Weeks to Plant Powered Weight Loss online course to give us her best tips for keeping up with healthful eating around the holidays. Besides these tips, check out

Sara’s 80-plus healthful, easy-to-make recipes from the course.

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The holidays are approaching quickly, which means you’ll soon be at holiday get-togethers featuring rich beverages, multiple mains, and decadent desserts that can disrupt your normal eating routine. Most people don’t want to give up holiday foods and parties, so go ahead and enjoy, but make a commitment to celebrate with mindfulness and balance.

Below are seven simple tips to help you keep the pounds off now, so you can avoid resorting to extremes later.  

7 Ways to Still Eat Healthy During the Holidays

1. If you don’t love it, leave it Instead of piling your plate sky high with everything in sight, choose only the foods that you absolutely love, and the holiday treats that really excite you. If a food doesn’t thrill you, don’t put it on your plate.

2. Ditch the guilt If you make a conscious choice to enjoy seasonal treats, give yourself permission to savor them guilt-free and then get right back on track with good eating habits.

3. Alternate alcoholic beverages with sparkling water Avoiding alcoholic beverages altogether during the holidays may be tough, so when you do imbibe, alternate your cocktails with sparkling water. This will help cut down on calories and leave you feeling hydrated.

4. Say no to food pushers Whether it’s your mother’s famous stuffing or your best friend’s holiday fudge, you might feel bad about refusing homemade treats even though your waistline is at risk. Remember you can smile, politely decline, and offer a compliment. They will still feel loved, and you haven’t had to compromise your health goals.

5. Don’t save up calories Skipping meals in order to save up for a holiday party will backfire every single time. I repeat, every single time. Skipping meals can result in low blood sugar, which leads to cravings. Instead of saving up for a big meal, make sure to eat balanced meals and snack on fresh veggies and fruit throughout the day.

6. Don’t bring it in the house To avoid the siren call of tempting foods, keep them out of your house, and load your refrigerator and pantry with fresh, healthful foods that are good for your mind and body.

7. Increase good fats  Be sure to incorporate healthful fats in each meal and snack. They help you feel fuller longer and can help reduce cravings for sweets. Some good choices include avocados, raw nuts and seeds, almond butter, coconut, and coconut oil.