Simple Ways to Stay On Track During the Holidays

Overeating in Holidays
By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Have your holiday extravaganzas left you feeling overly full, bloated, heavy and downright frustrated that you blew your healthy eating goals? And it’s not even Christmas yet! The stress of feeling we’ve derailed or gone “off the wagon” is a common theme during the holiday season.  Sometimes it leads to the “screw it” principle where you feel like you’ve already messed up so why bother at all.  This can be a defeating way of viewing your situation.  Good news is it doesn’t have to be this way!


Perspective Is Everything

The ups and downs of being “good” or “bad” when it comes to healthy eating can finally come to an end.  Let’s look at ways we can move past our food-focused indiscretions or maybe even re-evaluate them to see that we’ve merely consumed a bit more in one moment in time, but are still on track, moving ahead in the big picture.

More Than Just One Meal

Where the calories and extra pounds really stack up for most of us isn’t the extra 1,000 calories from that one holiday main meal.  It’s the thousands upon thousands that creep in under-the-radar in the hours, days and weeks surrounding these festivities.

Simple Ways to Stay on Track

Here’s a quick list to counter getting derailed this holiday season:

  • Drink more water. At least one for every alcoholic drink. Set a limit ahead of time for alcohol or sugary drinks and stick to it.  Water is unlimited.
  • Keep fruits and veggies in sight and on hand. Grab and nibble anytime.  Go for these first over popcorn, nuts, apps, crackers, candies.  While homemade, plain popcorn and nuts can be healthy, a steady stream of consumption of the festive-type with added oils or sugars isn’t quite the same.
  • Go for a walk, stretch, or quick strength exercise. Not only will your muscles keep revving your metabolic engine, but time being active is time not eating

Practice Self-Compassion

We all derail sometimes.  It’s human nature.  Getting right back up and facing forward is possible although can feel overwhelming.  Here’s how to change your perspective in the midst of a crazy season.

With the New Year and its boundless resolutions just around the corner, it’s not too soon to consider getting 2016 off to a great start with health and happiness.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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