The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the temptation to put off our health goals until the new year. Recently, Registered Dietician, Maya Feller, conducted a satellite media tour to share some easy tips and tricks to enjoy the holiday cheer while sticking to healthy habits.
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Holiday gatherings typically revolve around food and drink, and now it’s easier to stay on track with your health goals during the holidays while still partaking in all the fun. Tracking your food and drink intake with the free MyFitnessPal app is an easy way to keep an eye on how you’re tracking against your goals.
How To Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season
Tracking involves both quantity (calories) and quality (macros, which include protein, fat, and carbs) of what you eat. It can be difficult to make sure you are getting enough protein and fiber without tracking with a tool, like MyFitnessPal.
MyFitnessPal’s food database contains over 18 million foods, so you’ll be able to find nutrition insights on whatever holiday treat you’re looking forward to eating.
Go one-for-one. Consider matching a glass of water for each cocktail you enjoy. Alcohol, along with added sugars found in cocktails, can add up quickly - leading to dehydration, changes in blood sugar, and unwanted morning-after headaches if you’re not careful. Tracking with MyFitnessPal can provide insights into how much added sugar you’re eating - and drinking.
Give yourself some grace; enjoying celebration meals does not mean you need to go into a cycle of restricting food intake and over-exercising as compensation. The foundation of your health is built on routines and what you do the majority of the time. Nourish your body throughout the day to take the charge out of the celebratory meal.
Add plants (fruits and veggies) that are accessible, affordable, culturally relevant, and tasty to your routine. Adding these foods increases the nutrient density of your meals.
If you want to finish the year off strong, MyFitnessPal can provide inspiration on making small daily changes that add up to big improvements over time. Whether inspiration for new recipes, or providing healthier holiday alternatives, the app is like having a nutritionist and support community in the palm of your hand, plus the insights can be very eye-opening.
To learn more, download the MyFitnessPal app on iOS and Android or visit MYFITNESSPAL.COM
About Maya Feller
Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is the founder and lead dietitian at Maya Feller Nutrition. In her practice, her team provides medical nutrition therapy and nutrition coaching for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mood disorders, developmental disabilities, disordered eating, and more. Maya believes in providing inclusive nutrition education from an anti-bias patient-centered, culturally humble approach to help people make informed food choices. Maya shares her approachable, food-based solutions with millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing, her social platforms, and as a national nutrition expert on Good Morning America, is a Healthline Medical Advisor, and on the advisory board for SHAPE and Parents, as well as appearing on TODAY Show, Tamron Hall, and in The New York Times, mindbodygreen, Well+Good, Food Network, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Prevention, Glamour, SELF, and more. She is the author of Eating from Our Roots: 80+ Healthy Home-Cooked Favorites from Cultures Around the World (goop Press, January 24, 2023).