Baltimore County News
Practical Tips for Eating Healthy
As we approach this holiday season enjoying friends, family, and food, we no longer have to dread succumbing to the anchor of overindulgence. Though it’s common for weight gain to occur over the holidays, a few simple strategies can help avoid this.
Start with Breakfast
While our minds may be focused on preparing for a big holiday feast, try not to skip meals throughout the day as this can lead to overeating. Individuals who consume breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Breakfast is especially important, because it has been shown that individuals who eat breakfast tend to consumer fewer calories throughout the day.
Including fiber in the holiday meals is also a great way to satisfy your hunger. The high fiber foods also tend to be lower in calories. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains naturally contain substantial amounts of fiber.
Since holiday meals tend to be large, it’s a common mistake to eat large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. Though some are nutrient-rich, they also have calories and should be eaten in moderation. An example would be sweet potatoes. They are nutrient-rich, yet also are equal in calories to a white potato. Moderating portions will allow you to also include dessert.
To avoid overeating, try using smaller plates. This allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages you to pay attention to your portion sizes. It’s also helpful to fill your plate with vegetables and salad before the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall.
Most importantly, try to savor every bite and eat slowly. This is called mindful eating. It helps you pay closer attention to your hunger and satiety cues before, during, and after your meal. When desiring seconds, try to wait a few minutes to see if you are truly still hungry. If it’s a mental urge and not a physical one, the feeling may pass.
After dinner, see if you can gather people to go for a walk or play an easy sport with kids.
Every effort to stay balanced through this holiday season will allow you to ease into a healthy new year! Instead of resolving to punish yourself with intensive dieting and exercise come January, begin to aim for moderation now. Then, you can enter the New Year maintaining that balance and gradually pursuing additional health goals.
By Ingrid Beardsley, RD, LDN, Nutrition Program Manager
Baltimore County Department of Aging
Features Santa, Towson U. Marching Band, Holiday Musical Performers
Baltimore County's Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place next Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m.
It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will include a holiday performance by the 250-member Towson University Marching Band, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, and holiday musical performances.
Musical performers include the Perry Hall Middle School Choir and the Anna Apicella School of Dance.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will preside over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:20 p.m.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. Santa's Workshop is located across York Road from Olympian Park at 1 E. Joppa Road (next to Barnes and Noble). Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa
Temporary Road Closure and Free Parking
To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4 until approximately 8:30 p.m., that evening.
Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 to 9 p.m., at 111 Allegheny Avenue.
Thank You to Event Sponsors
The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Trends, the Baltimore Sun Media Group and Towson Circle. Refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and Cunningham’s Kitchen.
A Season of Celebrations in Towson
The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest 2015 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!
For more information about this event and Towson Winterfest, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online or call them at 410-825-1144.
Revised April 6, 2016