Your Holiday Diet

Publication Date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
By: Alere Staff

The holidays are here and it is a special time of the year when family, friends, and loved ones gather to celebrate. In the midst of the holiday season, it can be tempting to go off of your normal diet with all of the delicious and sometimes not so healthy foods. It is important, when taking warfarin, to be mindful of the foods that can interfere with your medication and/or INR values.

There are plenty of healthy and delicious foods that you can have during the holiday season, such as white meat turkey, roasted or steamed vegetables, and low or non-fat desserts. It is important to keep to healthy portion sizes and know the general rule of thumb when calculating them. One serving of meat or poultry is equivalent to a deck of cards or the palm of your hand and one cup of dry food is about the size of a closed fist.1 For more information about healthy eating and portion sizes, check out the USDA website ChooseMyPlate.gov.

The most important thing to remember is to remain consistent with your diet. Consistency in diet means to be aware of the type of foods you choose every day, pay attention to your portion sizes and be aware of the frequency you consume foods high in vitamin K. When taking an anticoagulant like warfarin, it is important to maintain a consistent diet.2 Certain foods or beverages can change your INR value.

Consistency in diet means to be aware of the type of foods you choose every day, pay attention to your portion sizes and be aware of the frequency you consume foods high in vitamin K. It is certainly possible to eat a balanced, nutritious, healthy diet during the holidays. Always talk about your diet with your doctor, especially around the holidays. Visiting with your doctor and making a dietary plan together, along with maintaining consistency in diet, will be the safest way to get there. For additional information about the vitamin K content in foods and beverages, visit our Vitamin K Finder.

  1. USDA. Choose My Plate. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/. Accessed September 13, 2013.
  2. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Medication Guide for Coumadin Tablets and Coumadin for Injection (Package Insert). Princeton, NJ. 2009.