Eating Healthy During the Holidays
The Christmas season often involves many dinner parties, work functions, and other get-togethers centered around food. It’s very easy to over-indulge and get off track with your diet and exercise routine. Following a few simple tips can make staying healthy over the holidays much easier.
If you are hosting or preparing a meal, planning ahead is key. There are many great recipes that are healthier versions of holiday favorites. (Check out the American Heart Association’s guide in the link below for recipes). Swapping out a few ingredients can make a big difference. Including fresh seasonal produce is an easy way to add more nutrients to a holiday meal.
When you are not the one cooking the meal, it can make healthy choices more difficult. Indulge in moderation- if you have a favorite holiday snack, it’s okay to enjoy it, but do so in smaller portions. If you know that you will be having a larger meal, try to eat smaller healthier meals and a few snacks the rest of the day to keep your appetite in check. When you arrive for a meal feeling very hungry, you are more likely to overeat.
Be sure to get in some exercise, even if it isn’t your regular routine. Get outside with family and friends and try a new winter activity together. Many areas do holiday themed 5k walk/runs that could become a new tradition! Get out and get moving in whatever way is best for you this holiday season.
For other great tips on how to choose healthy options, easy ingredient swaps, exercise ideas and more, check out the American Heart Association’s Holiday Healthy Eating Guide via the link below: