Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Assistant Coordinator with the University of Missouri Extension Donna Mehrle:

Donna Mehrle

The holiday season is officially here and, for most, that means events and parties filled with food. Mehrle said everything in moderation is the key to avoiding unhealthy habits and weight gain.  “In terms of healthy eating habits, all foods are okay to eat, “said Mehrle, “It’s just a matter of portion and, as we consumer our foods, we need to be aware of how we’re feeling.  If we’re feeling overly full, then it would be great to back off.  It’s good to stop when you’re satisfied and remember that you don’t need to be stuffed.”

Merhle also recommended having a healthy snack prior to attending holiday parties so the temptation to overeat will not be so great.  If you do overindulge, it’s never too late to get back on track.  “Over the next few days, try to eat a little bit less and increase your physical activity,” said Mehrle, “That will help decrease the impact of all those calories eaten.  It’s also a good thing to know what you weigh before going into the holidays.  If you have a goal of just not gaining weight during the holidays, that will go a long way toward keeping you healthy.”

Mehrle also recommends an activity such as flag football or a Turkey Trot to help burn off any extra calories consumed.