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Holiday Eating

by Morgan Robbins, RD, LD at LMC

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes food, parties and more food. According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans gain around one pound during the holiday season. While one pound may not seem like much, it will add up over time. Don’t let the temptation to overindulge throw you off track during the holidays! Here are some tips to enjoy the season to the fullest while being mindful of your waistline.

cookies1. Plan Ahead- If you’re going to a holiday party and you know there will be treats, plan on eating an extra healthy breakfast and lunch that day. Focus on vegetables and whole grains to help you feel full and skip any treats during the day to account for the goodies you’ll have at night.

2. Exercise- If you’re exercising regularly then great! The holidays tend to be busy, but make it a part to keep up with your exercise routine. The endorphins released during exercise will help empower you to make better choices. Not exercising? Now is the perfect time to start!

veggie tray3. Fruit and Veggies First- When at a party or buffet, fill your plate with fruit and veggies before heading to the sweet stuff.

4. Mindless Eating- Don’t waste your calories on things you don’t truly enjoy, skip the snacks and focus on foods you love and don’t get the opportunity to have everyday.

5. Portions- All foods should fit into a healthy diet, just be mindful of the amount. Take small servings of not-so-healthy items and really check-in with yourself before going back for seconds. Give yourself time to assess if you really want to take a second serving and how you’ll feel after doing so.

beer6. All it takes is One Good Party- Leaving a party after eating well and still enjoying yourself is an empowering feeling, the next outing you have may be a bit easier to face knowing you can still eat healthy while at a holiday function.

7. Remember Alcohol- Yes, it has calories. The average calories in a beer are 153, 125 for a glass of wine and 168 for a margarita. That’s about 35 minutes of walking at a brisk pace to burn off just one drink!

Calling It Quits

Lexington Medical Center offers a free smoking cessation program for people who are looking to quit. It’s the topic of an editorial in the current edition of Lexington Woman magazine. Check it out below, or read it online on the magazine’s website.



Quinoa Shrimp Salad

Lexington Medical Center has begun to host a new diabetes support and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, help diabetics manage the disease by offering helpful information, including healthy recipes. Here’s one from the class. It looks delicious, doesn’t it?



Try this healthy, delicious and light Quinoa Shrimp Salad. It can be served warm or cold.

Serves 5

1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup (about 160 g) grape tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
340 g shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 celery stalks (about 1 1/4 cups), thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (you can add more, depends on your taste)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
salt & black pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa and give it a quick stir. Cover the saucepan, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-17 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the celery. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon zest, pepper and salt. Set the dressing aside.

In a large bowl, combine the celery mixture, shrimps, grape tomatoes, parsley and basil. Stir in quinoa. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve warm or cold.


“D2 & Me” classes take place on the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus, at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, or off site for special events. Clinicians and experts who have special training in caring for people who have diabetes lead the classes and meetings. Our next classes are coming up!

December 9 & 17
Diabetic-Friendly Holidays

Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
December 9th class will be in the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus inside Lower Level Classroom 3 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
December 17th class will be at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the first floor conference room from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public