It is easy to let nutritional habits slip any time of the year, and each year we hear reports of pounds gained during the holiday season. But, it doesn’t have to be. This year, instead of passively letting nutritional habits slide, focus on providing yourself a solid foundation of balanced nutrition by following these three simple tips.

  • Think each meal as a protein, a complex carbohydrate and a fruit and/or a vegetable. If you stick with this basic formula, it won’t matter as much if you indulge in a cookie here or an eggnog there.
  • Eat three healthy meals or four-to-six smaller meals, whichever works best for you. Schedules and individual preferences can help determine which approach is best for you. Just be sure not to go with more than three full meals, or get into the habit of all-day grazing.
  • Save your splurges until after a meal. You will have less spiking – followed by a sudden drop – of blood sugar and brain chemicals such as seratonin and beta endorphin if you consume sweets or simple carbs after a balanced meal.

There’s nothing fancy here, but if you stick with a plan of providing yourself a solid nutritional base and be deliberate about what and when you splurge, you’re less likely to experience holiday weight gain and more likely to enjoy your holidays.