Holiday Eating Tips

My first tip for the holidays (and every day) is to remember the 80/20 concept. This concept takes the extreme deprivation out of a "diet" and turns it into an achievable lifestyle practice.

If you're choosing healthier food, like veggies, quality protein and such 80 percent of the time, you can still have that slice of pumpkin pie or Christmas bread pudding 20 percent of the time. Your body will still get what it needs for fuel and other health processes. But if you're relying on more of a 50/50 approach, like only having a salad for lunch so that you can overeat on fast food or take out for dinner, you're going to be sorely disappointed when your "healthier eating habits" don't yield the results you were hoping for.

You can break this down into an 80/20 day or week and still get results. If it's day to day, your indulgence will be an appropriate 1/2 cup or 2-4 oz serving size of your treat of choice. If your 80/20 practice is throughout the week, you can choose an entire meal. However, you might feel more bloated and sluggish the following day, and the scale might go up a couple of pounds.

Since alcohol DOES count, you can also opt for your 20 percent to be a holiday cup of cheer if you have the will power to limit yourself to one or two 6-8 ounce glasses a day.

Have fun with it, and don't stress about the 20 percent! I've helped many patients easily reach their goals by implementing this concept! Remember, we're here to answer any questions you might have. Our number is (806) 350-7807.

Happy Holidays,

Nutrition Coach Ky

Center for Functional Medicine

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Amarillo, TX 79109

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