Practical steps to healthy holiday eating

What do marshmallows, pumpkins, eggnog, popcorn, and pears have in common? Well, besides being foods associated with holiday recipes, they’re also mentioned in songs about Christmas. You’ll also recognize some less everyday foods like chestnuts , figgy pudding,collard greens and wassail.


sliced orange, orange with cloves


We all enjoy our holiday traditions of eating and drinking special foods and beverages; we even sing about them. But these  can cause problems for people who need to manage what they eat and drink for medical reasons. Nutritional management is a major part of living with these conditions-

  • diabetes and high cholesterol
  • celiac disease/gluten sensitivity
  • nut and other food allergy
  • lactose intolerance
  • overweight/obesity
  • alcohol dependence
  • heart, kidney and liver dysfunction
  • pregnancy


variety of party cookies on a plate



In the previous post, I advised planning ahead to manage holiday stress, and the same applies to cooking, entertaining and eating during the holiday season.

If you  plan and prepare holiday meals and parties, remember  some attendees need to avoid or restrict certain types of foods. Offer an ample variety of types of food and drinks so  your guests will find something that works for them.

If you have houseguests, they will appreciate your asking them about dietary needs or restrictions so you can  have food available to meet their needs.

If you have special needs in regards to food, it may be wise to offer to bring a dish to an event , or take food to eat if you will be someone’s houseguest.

Here are links to some expert advice on holiday cooking and eating.






“Naughty” Holiday Foods  from WebMD

Tips for Managing Diabetes  from the Centers for Disease Control

Holiday Healthy Eating Guide  from the American Heart Association (a printable or downloadable PDF document)

Holiday Feasts -gluten free recipes from Beyond Celiac

Maintaining Sobriety While Celebrating  from Addiction Hope 


And here’s a bonus link about holiday eating in song-

Recipes from Holiday Carols 


Another Advent post soon and next week- a personal holiday remembrance


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