Making Holiday Eating Healthy AND Fun

Deborah German, MD Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, UCF College of Medicine

While COVID-19 has greatly impacted this year’s holiday season, many of us will still be making – and unfortunately overindulging in — holiday foods. This pandemic is stressful, which also causes many of us to overeat. So this week, we turn to College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, an M.D./Ph.D. who specializes in family medicine and nutritional science, on ways to eat more healthfully this holiday season – and maybe use the unique nature of this year’s season to create new dining traditions.

Food plays a role in all of our celebrations. The challenge is that many traditional holiday foods are filled with sugar and fat that can impact long-term wellness and also how you feel the day of the event. Here are some suggestions for a different approach:

Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, M.D./Ph.D.
Family Medicine and Nutritional Science

Looking for more ideas? UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center and Wellness and Health Promotion Services offers healthy recipes here sorted by recipe type.