Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
Statistics tell us that the average American gains
between 7-10 pounds during the holiday season. Then after giving in to
the temptations and gaining the weight most Americans maintain that extra
weight and will add onto it additional pounds the following holiday season.
Oh, what a tangled web!
It is so easy to understand why Americans can gain so
much weight during the holiday season. Everywhere you turn there is food.
The colorful, inviting television ads, the grocery store displays, office
and other parties, etc. Particularly the parties…at these events most
likely there will be assortments of delicious food and deserts, not to mention
the delicious sugar laden beverages that are also commonly offered.
Ah yes, holiday seasons are wrought with food and festivity
and thank goodness. There is nothing wrong with a little indulgence during
this time. We have to be careful not to overdo and remember to eat food
that will help us maintain a nutritional balance. Enjoy yourselves with
5 Tips for eating healthy during the holiday season.
- Don’t go to a holiday party hungry. I know exactly what you are
thinking, however, if you go to the party hungry you most assuredly will
overeat. So, before the dinner party have a healthy snack. If this isn’t
possible, at the party perhaps snake on vegetables or a salad before your
indulge in a meal or other holiday goodies.
- Maintain your healthy eating habits throughout the holiday season.
Do this by choosing for example, Christmas Dinner. For this meal perhaps
decide to allow yourself to eat something that you would not have normally.
Like having stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes and dessert. Then don’t
feel guilty about your choices. But remember this will only work in your
favor if you choose one meal during the holiday in which to over indulge.
For all other meals during the season try to maintain that healthy balance
that you already have in place.
- Do not skip meals. Again continue to practice your daily healthy habits.
Eat your 3 to 5 small meals a day. Skipping meals will most assuredly
mean over eating when the festive foods are in front of you.
- Increase your exercise. Let’s face it; avoiding the extra calories
during this time is very hard. So, increase your exercise to counter balance
the extra caloric intake that you may have. One way to get extra exercise
is while out doing holiday shopping park in spaces farthest from the store.
Also, choose the stairs versus the elevator or escalators.
- Host a holiday party yourself. Hosting a Holiday Party yourself gives
you complete control over the menu. This way you control the number of
healthy offerings versus the non-healthy ones. This is also the time that
you could take the focus away from the food. Make the holiday celebration
more fun an meaning.
6. Take time for yourself. Holiday time is stressful for many people.
Be sure to take time to relax and unwind. Regarding the holiday, set limits,
plan, eat well, get plenty of rest and most of all keep it simple.
Above all, enjoy the holidays. Use this time to celebrate
family and your blessings. Be sure to help others and donate to charities
during this time as well. Lastly, it is a special time of year and the occasional
slice of cake or cookie will not hurt.
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