December Holidays: Avoid These Unhealthy Foods and Drinks

The holidays are approaching rapidly, and with them all kinds of delicious temptations. Grandma’s cookies, honey-glazed ham, egg nog — it’s hard to say no to all these yummy foods.

Did you know that…

  • …people gain an average of 1.3 pounds over the holidays?
  • …the average holiday meal contains about 3,000 calories?
  • …46% of people spend 4+ hours on their feet cooking the meal?
  • …our alcohol consumption increases by 36% in December?

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But you don’t necessarily have to gain weight over the holidays. Avoid these foods if you want to cut down on calories:

  • Egg nog (1 cup = 340 calories)
  • Fruitcake (1 slice = 400 calories)
  • Cookies (1 cookie = 100 calories)
  • Glazed ham (1 serving = 650 calories)
  • Mashed potatoes (1 serving = 350 calories)
  • Gravy (100 ml = 100 calories)
  • Candied yams (1 serving = 400 calories)
  • Cranberry sauce (1 serving = 400 calories)

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Are you planning a holiday meal for family and friends? Then try to use seasonal products. The following winter fruits and vegetables are in season in December:

  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • (Sweet) potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Pears

Good to know: If you can’t get certain fruits and vegetables fresh from the supermarket, then simply use frozen products. They still retain their vitamins.

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Tip: How about working out before the big meal? A quick bodyweight training or a long walk can boost your metabolism.


Julia Denner Julia is a dietician and sports nutritionist. Before she began her position as Communications Specialist at Runtastic, she spent several years working as a dietician in the surgical department at Vienna General Hospital. Julia is passionate about inspiring others to eat a healthy, balanced diet. View all posts by Julia Denner