Why You Shouldn’t Ghost Your Dietitian Over the Holidays

Pittsburgh Dietitian Blog Posts
November 23, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a whirlwind of festivities, family gatherings, and, of course, food! For many, the holiday season brings with it some confusion about how to maintain our healthy habits amidst the endless parties, sweet treats, and holiday dinners. In fact, we may even at a certain point just want to say “screw it!” and promise ourselves that we will start fresh with healthy eating on January 1st.

Certainly, the holidays present some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But as dietitians, we want you to know that you don’t have to take an all-or-nothing approach to the holidays. Checking in with your dietitian throughout the season is a great way to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest without feeling like you are “falling off track.” In fact, maintaining a connection with your dietitian during this season can be a crucial ingredient in the recipe for a healthy and joyful celebration! Here’s why:

We Will Offer Support!

You know that aunt who is always trying to get you to join her on a new diet, or your grandma who is always trying to push dessert when you’re stuffed to the brim? Yup – we get it. Your dietitian will help you set boundaries with friends and family when it comes to social pressure around food. They will also help you plan how to navigate possibly uncomfortable conversations about weight and dieting. You’ll go into those family meals feeling confident in your food choices instead of worrying about whether or not you are overdoing it. Knowing that someone is there to provide encouragement and advice can make all the difference in sticking to your health goals.

We Will Help You Keep Up Healthy Habits Without Restriction

Many people approach the holidays with an all-or-nothing mindset, either sticking rigidly to their diet or completely abandoning it. Your dietitian, however, can help you strike a balance. We understand that holidays are a time to enjoy special treats and traditional dishes. Instead of advocating for strict restrictions, we will work with you to figure out what health means to you this holiday season– physically and mentally. This way, you can savor the flavors of the season without derailing your progress. The key is moderation and making mindful choices, and your dietitian can guide you in finding that equilibrium.

We Can Share Our Favorite Recipes!

Who said healthy food can’t be delicious, especially during the holidays? Your dietitian probably has a few nutritious and tasty recipes up their sleeve! From delicious desserts to nutrient-packed side dishes, we can provide you with creative and satisfying holiday dishes!

We Want You to Celebrate Traditions!

Your dietitian understands the importance of traditions during the holidays. Whether it’s Grandma’s famous pie or a special family recipe passed down through generations, these traditions hold sentimental value. Rather than advising you to abstain from these cherished dishes, your dietitian will work with you to continue promoting your health goals. By finding ways to incorporate these traditions into a balanced eating plan, you can enjoy the joy of celebrating with loved ones while fueling your body!

The holidays need not be a time of stress and guilt when it comes to your health. Embracing the support of your dietitian can be the secret ingredient to navigating the festive season with both joy and well-being. So, instead of avoiding your dietitian, make them a vital part of your holiday celebrations, and together, create a recipe for a healthy and happy season!

If you would like to speak to a dietitian this holiday season, reach out to scheduling@casespecificnutrition.com

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