Which Foods Should You Avoid this Holiday Season?

Thanksgiving is upon us, and Christmas and the New Year are mere weeks away.  We are full swing into the merriest and most indulgent time of the year.  Family dinners, holiday parties, and stockings stuffed with goodies abound.  It can seem nearly impossible to maintain health and weight at a time when temptation lurks around every corner. 

In order to navigate the holiday season unscathed, it’s important to understand which indulgences are acceptable and which ones you should really bypass.  Not only as chiropractors, but as experts in nutrition, our physicians have a commitment to helping you make the healthiest choices possible.  Below are our own top 5 foods (and beverages) to avoid this year.

1.      Eggnog – It’s a delicious and festive drink, but we’re grateful this one isn’t in stores year-round.  In just one glass, you could be taking in as many as 343 calories and 21 grams of sugar!  Even more shocking, you’ll also receive nearly half of the USDA’s suggested cholesterol limit.

2.      Creamed Spinach – Holiday staples seem to have a way of taking healthy foods such as spinach and making them anything but.  This is a perfect example.  On top of the healthy spinach and corn, you can expect an overwhelming amount of butter, cream, and cheese.  When all is said and done, a single helping will cost you around 15 grams of saturated fat.

3.      Pecan Pie – Pecans alone are a great healthy snack option.  However, when ingredients such as butter and sugar are added, they lose their benefits.  If you are looking for a way to quickly take in 500 calories, 26 grams of sugar, and 37 grams of fat, a single slice should do the trick.

4.      Candied Yams – Sweet potatoes come loaded with health benefits.  Adding these to your diet can help you reach your needed doses of vitamins and fiber.  However, much like pecans and spinach, these super foods get a bad makeover during the holidays.  With all the added sugar, this dish will easily take you over the daily recommended limit of the American Heart Association. 

5.      Specialty Holiday Coffee – We love a festive holiday drink as much as anyone this time of year, but we have to be pretty selective.  Too many such as the famed Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha rack up calories along with grams of sugar and saturated fat.

While it may be disheartening to learn that so many of your holiday favorites pack such a punch, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy some delicious and festive meals this season.  There are many great online resources in addition to local resources such as the physicians at SouthEast Chiropractic.  Simply click here to contact one of our offices and learn how our team can help keep you eating and feeling great during the holidays and all year long.