Holiday Health Tips
Whether you’re a Grinch or Rudolph the Reindeer, there’s no denying that the holidays are upon us. It’s a joyous time of year filled with sumptuous food and drink. But it’s never too late to make plans for healthy holiday eating.
Small steps can help you maintain healthy eating habits and control your holiday hunger. Did you know that the average person gains 7-10 pounds throughout the holiday season? Ever wonder why?
It’s because we tend to overindulge when celebrating with family and friends. This season is full of frequent opportunities to feast, and there are always those never ending leftovers.
Don’t get stressed out. It can easily happen if you allow yourself to get overwhelmed and over-committed.
It’s important to remember that food offerings are a symbol of friendship and love. And because rich, traditional foods are available this time of year that we don’t often eat, temptation is all around us. But it’s important to maintain a sense of responsibility.
Here are our top holiday health tips:
1.) Be realistic. If you’re considering trying to lose weight during this time of year, give some thought to waiting until the holidays are over. How about focusing on maintaining your weight instead?
2.) Balance what you eat with other meals throughout the day. Have smaller meals at breakfast and lunch if you know you’ll be celebrating at dinnertime.
3.) Don’t deprive yourself. Have a piece of your favorite dessert – but just don’t eat the whole thing.
4.) Watch your portions. For example, if you’re at a buffet, limit your food selections to 5 that fit on one plate.
5.) Eat slowly. Aim to be the last to finish.
6.) Bring your own. Bring a healthy appetizer or entrée.
7.) Send it home! Send leftovers home with friends and family.
8.) Get outside. Go out for a walk in the crisp, cool air of the holiday season. Stay active and enjoy all this time of year has to offer….
…and remember the reason for the season. Connect with friends and family and enjoy traditions. It only comes once a year!