Happy healthy holidays
The holidays are a wonderful time of year. But this festive period is traditionally a time of reduced exercise, poor nutritional practices, and overindulging. This leads to those unwanted pounds we all try to shed in the new year. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some simple ways to stay healthy and still enjoy yourself.
Be conscious of your food choices: Tis’ the season when we can get carried away with all the goodies and treats around. Before you overindulge, try to think about how it will make you feel the next day. A junk food hangover can leave you feeling lethargic and lead to more unhealthy cravings. Don’t skip meals and remember to eat lots of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables. If you really can’t resist the temptation, keep the portions on the smaller side.
Drink responsibly: Not only are the desserts high in calories, so are those holiday cocktails. One of the easiest ways to cut out unwanted extra (empty) calories is to keep the drinks to a minimum. Having a few too many can cloud your judgement and lead to overeating. Having a glass of water between beverages will help cut calories and you’ll feel a lot better the next day.
Healthy menu: If you’re the one responsible for preparing the evening feast, opt for lots of vegetable dishes. Preparation can have a huge impact on the amount of calories a dish can have, so go easy on the sauces and gravies. Keep it simple by steaming or roasting vegetables. If you’ll be a guest at a holiday potluck, offer to bring a salad, vegetable dish or fruit filled dessert.
Slow it down: When it comes time to sit down and enjoy that meal that has taken all day to prepare, slow down. Take time to enjoy your food and savour all your hard work. The more time you spend chewing, the quicker you will feel satisfied, and that decreases the likelihood to overdo it on the high calorie desserts.
Make time to exercise: The holidays can be a busy time for many of us, which can lead to excuses to skip out on exercise. Get a quick workout first thing in the morning, or make time for an brisk afternoon walk, or post-dinner snowball fight. Keeping active will help relieve holiday stress and can encourage healthier food choices. Exercise is the best way to counterbalance those extra holiday calories.
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