St. Luke's Hospital
Main Number: 314-434-1500 Emergency Dept: 314-205-6990 Patient Billing: 888-924-9200
Find a Physician Payment Options Locations & Directions
Follow us on: facebook twitter Mobile Email Page Email Page Print Page Print Page Increase Font Size Decrease Font Size Font Size
News Releases
About Us
Locations & Directions
Download Our Logo - ZIP
Download Photos - ZIP
Baby Bunting Photo Gallery
Release of Patient Information under HIPAA - PDF
St. Luke's Hospital in the News
News Media Contact
America's 50 Best Hospitals
Spirit of Women
Community Health Needs Assessment

In The News

Molly Ennis, RD, LD, St. Luke's Hospital

Healthy habits for the holidays

With the holiday season upon us, healthy eating habits can seem like a daunting task for many women. Sticking to a healthy eating plan is a challenge while hosting and attending celebrations, but it isn't impossible.

Follow these tips to find ways to enjoy your holiday treats and maintain your figure:

Don't go to a party hungry. Not eating or not eating enough the day of a party will cause your metabolism to slow, trigger overeating and can lead to unwanted weight gain. Many women will "fast" during the day and splurge at night. This practice can actually lead to weight gain. Eating breakfast, lunch and a small snack on the day of the party will help ward off feelings of hunger, keep your metabolism elevated and prevent you from overindulging.

Watch portion sizes and fat intake. If you host a party, try putting a new spin on meals by using herbs, fresh veggies and other low-calorie substitutes in recipes to boost flavor but not fat. There is nothing wrong with having a glass of eggnog, a slice of pie or a scoop of your family's famous potato casserole. But, be conscious of how much you're eating. The plan is to aim for small portions. This way, you can sample all the different dishes in moderation without the guilt.

Drink moderately. Alcohol can dehydrate your body, and thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Women should try to limit their alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day. Women who drink more than that tend to experience weight gain, and calories from alcohol tend to be stored in the abdomen.

Get moving, stay positive and smile. Engaging in physical activity during the holidays will keep your mood and metabolism elevated and help ward off holiday stress. Take a brisk walk with a loved one, or pick up the pace when you shop. A woman walking at a moderately brisk pace can expect to burn 250 to 300 calories an hour.

Molly Ennis, RD, LD, is a dietitian at St. Luke's Hospital. Call 314-442-3238 or visit the Nutrition Wellness Center page.

This article was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on November 19, 2009.

Back  |  Top
About Us
Contact Us
History
Mission
Locations & Directions
Quality Reports
Annual Reports
Honors & Awards
Community Health Needs
Assessment

Newsroom
Services
Brain & Spine
Cancer
Heart
Maternity
Orthopedics
Pulmonary
Sleep Medicine
Urgent Care
Women's Services
All Services
Patients & Visitors
Locations & Directions
Find a Physician
Tour St. Luke's
Patient & Visitor Information
Contact Us
Payment Options
Financial Assistance
Send a Card
Mammogram Appointments
Health Tools
My Personal Health
mystlukes
Spirit of Women
Health Information & Tools
Clinical Trials
Health Risk Assessments
Employer Programs -
Passport to Wellness

Classes & Events
Classes & Events
Spirit of Women
Donate & Volunteer
Giving Opportunities
Volunteer
Physicians & Employees
For Physicians
Remote Access
Medical Residency Information
Pharmacy Residency Information
Physician CPOE Training
Careers
Careers
St. Luke's Hospital - 232 South Woods Mill Road - Chesterfield, MO 63017 Main Number: 314-434-1500 Emergency Dept: 314-205-6990 Patient Billing: 888-924-9200
Copyright © St. Luke's Hospital Website Terms and Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Patient Notice of Privacy Policies PDF Sitemap St. Luke's Mobile