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Holiday QA Portions

December 15, 2016

The holidays are time for gatherings, celebrations, family, and friends. However, throughout the holiday it's important to keep your health and the health of your loved ones in mind. Our monthly Q&A series discusses different holiday season topics. Today, Jamie LePore, Program Coordinator, Nutrition and Weight Management Center offers tips for portion control.

Q: What are some tips for getting through the holiday season and maintain my waist line?

A: For many it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for those watching their waist line this holiday season, it can easily be the most intimidating time of the year.

Below are some tips to a successful holiday season. We refer to them at the 5 P’s.

The 5 P’s of Appropriate Holiday Eating:

Plan– According to researchers coordinating the National Weight Control Registry (, over 80% of successful weight managers reported planning their food intake ahead of time helped them break the loss/regain cycle.

Portion Control – Whether you overindulge in sweets and snacks or eat too much of a healthy meal, eating more calories than you burn piles on the pounds.

Proportionate-Balanced nutrition is key to good health. Food pyramids emphasize creating a nutritionally balanced diet by eating the right amount of foods from the different food groups.

Proper Place – Make rules about where you will allow yourself to eat and stick to them.

Peaceful – It’s important to “sit and savor” to feel satisfied.

Look for more great tips next week in our ROC Your Health Blog!