PRINT EDITION

Portion control helps curb holiday treats’ temptation

by JACKY SHUM

During the holidays, many people may take the opportunity to eat more and may not realize what they are putting into their bodies.

As these celebrations only come around once a year, people should enjoy the time while also making choices to stay healthy, such as being conscious of what is eaten and practicing good portion control.

Enjoying special holiday food and snacks is also associated with overeating and weight gain. Many people feel they can eat whatever they want during the holidays, but the days leading up to the holiday meal are the most impactful. Making the choice to eat an apple every day rather than a slice of apple pie will make a difference.

Sugary snacks eaten once in awhile will not be too detrimental to the body, but snacking on these treats day after day will add up. According to healthyeating.sfgate.com frequently snacking can lead to weight gain and can contribute to a wide range of health problems, depending on what is being eaten.

”They shouldn’t stay away from all the festive foods; they should enjoy it, but just keep a moderation of what you’re eating. Just because it is a holiday does not mean that you have to take a break from staying healthy, either. Maintain self-control but don’t deny yourself,” said Gary Lok, health teacher.

Temptation is especially hard to fight during holiday time, especially with the way foods are presented for special occasions. Rather than completely trying to ignore the delicacies served, it is important to have portion control.

According to mensfitness.com filling half of the plate with vegetables, a quarter with protein, such as meat, and another quarter of starch, such as rice or potatoes, is a good way to provide the body with food. Choosing what to put on the plate during the holidays can be tough, but keeping this rule in mind can help people to maintain the right amount of nutrients without the risk of weight gain and consumption of extra carbohydrates.

“Kids can enjoy the holidays, and they can be safe and healthy at the same time. Managing their diets and having self-control does not mean you won’t have any less fun, even though you eat less,” said Nina Gonzalez, dietitian nurse at HealthCare Partners Montebello Office.

Holidays are a time of gathering and enjoying the company of family and friends while also savoring some seasonal treats. However, choosing to live a healthy lifestyle and making the right choices does not mean any less spirit for the holiday festivities.

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