Eating During the Holidays
Did you know the average person gains 2-7 pounds throughout the holidays?! From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to Christmas baking to New Year’s cocktails…it is easy to add a few pounds. This can be detrimental for athletes looking to stay in good shape. Helpful tips for still enjoying family get togethers:
» Do NOT skip meals all day…Eat small meals/snacks all day so that you are not starving upon arriving.
» Eat a small healthy snack with carbohydrate AND protein right before the party…small energy bar, whole grain crackers & a string cheese, handful of nuts and berries, etc.
» Use the “small” plate at the party and don’t stand post by the food table…get your food and leave the area.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.