Experts Debate: Should You Get a ‘Free Pass’ on Holiday Eating?

Cassie Shortsleeve
by Cassie Shortsleeve
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When it comes to healthy nutrition habits, most experts agree overall patterns matter most for long-term health, body composition and performance. One meal might make you feel sluggish or energized, lean or bloated — but in and of themselves single meals don’t mean a whole lot in the big picture.

It begs the question in the season of indulgence: If single meals are only so important in the larger scheme of healthy eating patterns, can you eat whatever you want at a holiday meal?

Here, experts debate the idea of a ‘free pass.’

About the Author

Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve

Cassie Shortsleeve is a Boston-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked on staff at both Shape and Men’s Health and contributes regularly to a slew of national print and digital publications such as Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, and Furthermore for Equinox. With a degree in English and creative writing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has a passion for reporting on all things health, lifestyle, and travel.


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