AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – Officials at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are promoting healthy eating habits during the holiday season. Officials are encouraging individuals to make smart food choices for themselves, according to a TTUHSC press release.
âBe aware of what you are eating. Knowing approximately what is in the foods you eat can help you make decisions that are right for you and that will lead you to healthy choices, âsaid Christine Garner, dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at TTUHSC. in the output.
Some of the tips Garner gave regarding holiday eating included individuals monitoring their consumption of certain holiday drinks, some of which may contain up to 50 grams of sugar. She also encouraged adults to eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit per day, also focusing on consuming whole grains and various healthy proteins.
âWe tend to eat too much added sugar and saturated fat,â Garner said in the release. âFocus your attention on getting important nutrients by filling half your plate with vegetables and fruit and choosing whole grains at least half the time. The more healthy foods you put on your plate, the less room there is for less healthy foods. If you’re at a party, fill half your appetizer plate with vegetables or half your dessert plate with fruit.
Eating slowly while on vacation can also help the body determine whether or not it is full, she said.
âBe kind to yourself. You can still eat your favorite foods and even dessert while on vacation, âGarner said in the release. âAfter all, special foods can be an important part of the holiday celebrations. Make these choices knowingly and intentionally, and take smaller portions. You can be kind to yourself by choosing your favorite dessert, but without standing next to the dining table at a party to avoid reckless and unintentional eating.