Smart choices ease diet woes

For many, the holidays are a time to indulge in treats and rich food.

For many, the holidays are a time to indulge in treats and rich food.

But chances are a number of people will try to get their diets back on track in the new year after overdoing it during the festive season.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority has some tips to keep a balance of maintaining a nutritious diet while enjoying your favorite treats.

u Before going out to a party or holiday dinner, have a nutritious snack like a banana to avoid hunger which will allow you to make better food choices.

u When out at parties, choose protein first such as shrimp or sushi over ‘empty’ calorie foods such as chips or candy. Protein will help curb your appetite.

u Limit your alcohol intake and avoid free refills to keep track of your consumption.

u Drink plenty of water whether you are out caroling or at home cooking your holiday feast.

u If weather permits, try walking to and from your social gatherings or park a few blocks away. Fitting in exercise wherever possible will help keep your metabolism up.

For more information on nutrition please call HealthLink B.C.’s dietitian services at 8-1-1 or go to www.healthlinkbc.ca/dietitian.