Q & A from Susan Diniz, RD

During the holidays, it may feel like there’s food at every turn, causing many people to forgo their healthy eating habits.

Susan Diniz, a registered dietitian who has worked at Bacharach for nearly 10 years, offers tips to help you stop the holidays from derailing your healthy routines.

Q. What is the most important thing I can do to stay healthy this holiday season?


A common mistake people make during the holidays is giving up their exercise routine. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and other obligations, many people feel they don’t have time for exercise. But exercise is the key to staying healthy, especially during the holiday season, and it can even help relieve some holiday stress. Exercise will also help you feel better if you do overindulge.


I recommend either sticking to your routine or modifying it to fit into your busy schedule.


Q. How can I avoid overindulging during holiday meals?


Planning ahead will help you have a balanced diet throughout the holiday season. If you know you are heading to a holiday dinner or party at night, make wiser and healthier choices throughout the day to help save calories for the treats you’re destined to indulge in later.


You can limit your food intake by using a smaller plate and taking small food samples.


Q. Are there any tools I can use to monitor the food I’m eating?


There are numerous apps, such as MyFitnessPal, that will help you track calories, fats and sugars to help you keep track of what you are consuming.


It is also important to remember that overindulging on one day does not destroy your week, so don’t beat yourself up or push off your healthy habits until after the holidays are over.


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