Navigating Weight Management During The Holidays

Navigating Weight Management During The Holidays



When you’re insanely busy, as many of us are during the holiday season, it can be difficult to remain focused on our health and weight management goals while neighbors appear on the doorstep with plates of cookies and co-workers have perpetually filled candy bowls on their desks.  Becomingmore aware ofthe pitfalls can make it easier to steer clear of falling into these common traps.


Don’t expect togo through the holidays without enjoying some foods that are special for the holidays.  Eating is not black and white.  This way of thinking will be detrimental to your weight loss efforts in the long run and may quite possibly lead to binging.  You need not totally eliminate your favorite foods during the holidays.  Fill your plate with small servings.  Perhaps skip a dinner roll to enjoy the mashed potatoes.  Avoid mindless eating out of serving dishes. Remember that a holiday dinner is only one meal.  Return to your typical eating plan after the holiday meal. 



It's easy to underestimate the toll that the season takes — physically, psychologically, and emotionally.  To avoid gaining weight and help you stay committed to your weight and health management goals, team up with another person who is committed to doing the same.  Call your buddy to discuss your strategy before going to the company party.  Share your successes after the party to gain strength from each other for the next event.


Skipping meals or replacing meals with liquid supplements to attempt to negate the extra calories eaten at one meal is not a sustainable method of controlling calories.  The best strategy is to get right back on track with your usual healthy foods and portion sizes.



We all know the holiday season can be stressful, whether it’s worrying about finances or about entertaining the guests that will be staying in your home. Choose to focus on what you absolutely must do.  Do you really need to bake six dozen cookies to deliver to neighbors this year?  Simplify and delegate some of the tasks.  Make sure you get enough time to yourself. Perhaps you could ask for an early holiday gift and treat yourself to a manicure or a massage.  Be sure to get enough sleep.  A frazzled, over-tired host or hostess is not the best ingredient for a great dinner party.



Even if you feel you don’t have enough time to stick with your regular workout or gym routine, stay active.  Find fun ways to keep the entire family active.  Go bowling, visit the indoor swimming pool in your community, or bundle up and go for a walk.  You may even discover a new winter activity that you enjoy such as snow-shoeing or cross –country skiing.

Nancy Hintze

About the author

Nancy Hintze, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, began her career as a Foods and Nutrition teacher in Lehi, Utah in 2003. At the time she began teaching middle school students about nutrition, she weighed 286 pounds. She quickly became aware that if she expected her students to believe her, she had to be an example of what she taught. Over the course of the next several years, as she eliminated 125 pounds by changing what she ate and how she cooked, Nancy became passionate about sharing her healthy lifestyle keys with her students and their families. Along the journey of her transformation, she also became an avid chef with a zest for good old fashioned food preparation with a modern twist – healthy ingredients and ease of preparation.

Nancy is a licensed Family and Consumer Sciences teacher as well as a certified L.E.A.N Health Coach. She has developed and produced Community Nutrition Fairs, mentored students in the Fuel Up to Play program and accompanied one of her students to represent Utah in the National Fuel Up to Play summit in Washington, D. C. In addition, she has coached individual clients to achieve greater levels of personal wellness. And now we have the privilege of announcing Nancy as our very own Culinary Nutritionist here at Reams.

When she’s not sharing her passion for great eating with others, you can find her in her vegetable garden, or knitting or sewing, reading a great novel, hanging out with one of her 21 grandchildren or on the road in the RV that she and her husband love to travel in.