Monday, November 30, 2015

Healthy Holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly. Cheers to the holiday season. The chilly breeze leads to snuggling indoors in the warmth. The holidays are also filled with hearty meals and decadent desserts. A cocktail or two may be consumed at multiple gatherings filled with holiday spirit. Try to be mindful of your lifestyle indulges this time of year to avoid feeling sluggish and packing on extra pounds.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise can beat those winter blues, prevent weight gain, and boost your immune system. At times, it can seem easier to be cuddled on the couch watching holiday movies, but get up. Move. Even if you do not want to face the bitter cold to exercise outdoors or defrost your car to make it to the gym, try at home workouts. You can effectively use your body weight. Put your technology to good use by downloading exercise apps or videos.
  • Avoid skipping meals. Consistent meals can help control blood sugars and maintain your metabolism. You're looking forward to indulging at a holiday event, so logically you skimp on your earlier meals. However, this can lead to overindulging at the event, especially if you have a drink or two - drinking on an empty stomach can lead to mindless eating. Enjoy those special "treats" in moderation.
  • Remember to eat fruits and vegetables. The goal to aim for at least 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily doesn't change during the holidays. Try roasted vegetables or making a warm soup. Eat a salad prior to going to your holiday party to help reduce the overindulges. If you're craving sweets throughout the day, first grab a piece of fruit or drink a smoothie. 
  • Stay hydrated. Focus on maintaining adequate hydration to help food cravings, skin integrity and energy. It's easier to think about drinking water to quench your thirst when it's hot outside, but water remains just as important in the winter. Other hydrating beverages include sparkling water, seltzer, calorie-free sports drinks, clear soup and caffeine-free tea. 
During all the holiday cheer and stress, remember to be kind to others. Be grateful and thankful for your experiences and the people in your life. Spend time with loved ones, give back to your community and volunteer at a local charity event. Happy Holidays!

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