Holiday Eating Tips to Boost Immunity and Maintain a Healthy Weight from Online Dietitian Group


It’s the holidays! It’s not uncommon to feel pressure and, well, get sick. That’s why it’s also flu season. Prioritize your health and wellbeing. Online nutrition therapy and virtual dietitian consultations are great resources to help you maintain a healthy immune system. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays and keep your health top of mind.

  1. Let go of guilt. Our relationship with food should not be centered around rewards or punishment. Allow yourself to savor and appreciate the food on your plate without any guilt or shame. (This includes your nana’s buttery cookies.)
  2. Start a love affair. Cultivate a healthy relationship with food and celebrate it.
  3. Be mindful when eating. Overeating is a common issue during the holidays, but you can avoid it by being mindful of what you’re eating. Scan the snack line for treats that look appealing. Pick two indulgences and pile your plate with fruits and veggies. Appreciate the flavors. Stick to the middle of the room at a party, staying away from the snack table. Take breaks in between servings.
  4. Be cautious of your beverage choices. Avoid sugary drinks. Stay hydrated if you’re drinking alcohol. Don’t let people “top off” your wine glass. After indulging in your favorite cocktail, get a fizzy water with lemon and sip on that.
  5. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices. Indulge in your favorite holiday treats, but also maintain a healthy balance.
  6. Improve your moodChoose foods that will help improve your mood and keep your anxiety and stress levels down. Remember the gut-brain axis and how important it is to maintain digestive health.
  7. Embrace tradition. The holidays are about family, tradition, and sharing stories. Enjoy the meals that have been passed down from generation to generation and take the time to create a family or office cookbook with favorite recipes.

We hope these tips help you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. We are grateful for you and wish you a happy Thanksgiving!