Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Did you know that the average holiday meal contains about 4,500 calories and over 200 grams of fat? Here are some tips to help your health (and your weight) weather the holidays...

Did you know that the average holiday meal contains about 4,500 calories and over 200 grams of fat?  Here are some tips to help your health (and your weight) weather the holidays:


  • Don't write off November-January as a total loss and as a result eat mindlessly the entire time.  Continue to eat healthy and exercise each day.
  • Don't starve yourself the day of a party thinking you'll save up the calories.  By the time you arrive, you'll be so ravenous you'll eat everything in sight.  Eating small, healthy meals throughout the day will help you to maintain control once you get to the party.
  • Offer to bring a dish to the party that you like and that is healthy so that you can be sure there will be something for you to eat.
  • While the appetizers are being served, walk around with a small plate with some food on it, healthy food if there is any.  Your host will be less likely to continue to offer you food if you already have something on your plate.  You can use this same tip during dinner as well.


If you do overindulge, get right back on the wagon the next morning and have a blessed holiday season!



I am a Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor, a graduate of Cornell University's plant-based nutrition program, the only collegiate program in the country which focuses on the medical benefits of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle, and am board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  I help people to achieve their wellness goals by providing them with the tools that they need to gain control over their health.  If you would prefer individualized assistance with your weight, with a chronic, degenerative disease, with other health and wellness aspirations, or if you would like me to speak to a group, please email me at traceyeakin@gmail.com or give me a call at 724.469.0693 to arrange a time.  Please visit my web site at www.traceyeakin.com.

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Oren Spiegler November 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Tracey, thank you for providing more excellent advice to enable individuals to travel on the road to good health. You perform a public service, and I hope people are listening and absorbing what you impart. Local natural healing expert Dr. James Winer, (www.drjameswiner.com), an advocate of the vegan lifestyle with whom I am sure you are familiar and with whom you seem to have much in common, often says that we are "digging our graves with our teeth": how true. Your posts provide additional value to Patch and are most worthwhile. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! I will be bearing in mind your tips when I approach the buffet table with at least a modicum of restraint on that day!
Tracey Eakin November 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Thank you very much for your kind words Oren. I really appreciate them and wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!


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