Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!

It’s Thanksgiving break! Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for some it also becomes a time when you find yourself over-eating and possibly gaining weight. The holiday season doesn’t have to lead to weight gain. How can we avoid putting on extra weight while having a great time?  Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.

·         Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating.

·         Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals could tempt you to over-indulge.

·         Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.

·         Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

·         Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating. Non-alcoholic beverages can also be full of calories plus sugar.

·         If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day above your normal caloric consumption to gain one pound (or 3,500 calories per week).

·         Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering so that you know there is at least one healthy option for you to choose from.

·         Take the focus off food. Enjoy being around your family and friends. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games, or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season and feel great while doing it!
Links to Helpful, Healthy Holiday Tips:
Simple Ways to Cut Sugar, Calories, Sodium, and Fat - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-holiday-eating/MY01046

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