Holiday Eating

It is so hard to eat healthy with the cooler weather and all the holiday parties just around the corner. We all want to enjoy our social gathers and the yummy food that comes with it. This can all be possible with a little planning!


Do a little extra

The day of your gathering make your workouts a little longer. Do some extra cardio or do an extra set of weights. Bundling up and going for a brisk walk is another option.


Watch your portions

Enjoy all your favourite food, but just watch your portions. Here is a quick review of the portions in each of the different food groups:

Vegetables and Fruit

½ cup fresh, frozen or canned vegetable or fruit

1 cup leafy raw vegetables or salad

1 piece of fruit

Grain Products

1 slice bread or ½ bagel

½ pita or ½ tortilla

½ cup cooked rice, pasta, or couscous

¾ cup hot cereal

Milk and Alternatives

1 cup milk or fortified soy beverage

¾ cup yogurt

1 ½ oz. cheese

Meat and Alternatives

½ cup cooked fish, shellfish, poultry or lean meat

¾ cup cooked beans


Balance your food intake

If you know you are going to indulge in the evening then make sure your other 2 meals are healthy. Also, try having some vegetables before you leave the house. This way you’re not starving and end up stuffing yourself.


Don’t drink your calories

You’ll be surprised how many calories some drinks contain. Keep this part in moderation and try having more water.


Keeping these simple rules can help you stay in check and enjoy the holiday season. Make this holiday season not just about food, but about the people you care about the most!


Reference: Health Canada. (2007-02-05). What is a food guide serving? Retrieved from