Holiday Survival Tips to Avoid Weight Gain

Released: 12/7/2016

You don’t have to give up your healthy habits to enjoy the holidays.  With a little thought and planning, you can enjoy delicious meals without overeating and indulging in foods that are high in fat and calories.  It also can make all the difference in how you feel when the holiday is over!


Here are 7 easy steps from WESTMED’s Dr. Nitya Sharma, director of WESTMED’s Comprehensive Weight Loss Center to help you stay on a healthy holiday track this season:


-Plan out your meal(s) in advance when dining out, attending a social gathering or hosting.

-Offer to bring a healthy side or vegetable if you are going to someone else’s home for the holiday meal.

-Fill your first plate with lean protein and vegetables.  Once you are sated, take a spoonful of any other dish you would like to try.  This will help you avoid overeating high fat, high carb sides, but will also not leave you feeling deprived.

-Do not skip meals earlier in the day.  Showing up very hungry to the holiday meal will almost guarantee overeating-- both hors d’oeuvres and the meal.  Instead, eat 1-2 high protein meals throughout the day leading up to the holiday dinner.

-Avoid hors d’oeuvres and appetizers.  They tend to be high-calorie, high-fat and high-carb choices, and don’t typically satisfy hunger.

-Use a salad plate to keep your portions small.

-Limit your intake of alcohol to 1-2 servings.  Choose lower glycemic options like vodka and club soda with a twist of citrus or gin and diet tonic.


Below are links to four holiday recipes:   


Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets


Shaved Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Salad


Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloins


Paleo Dessert Recipe