Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

The wonderful thing about this time of the year is how many delightful ways there are to celebrate with friends and family. The downside is that all these fun gatherings translate into extra calories and less time to exercise. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the festivities!

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy everything this season has to offer without letting your health suffer any consequences.

Go Easy On…

  • Sugar: Love that apple cider and eggnog? These beverages often contain a ton of sugar. Especially if you add alcohol. Be sure to enjoy these in moderation and have a glass of water in between every drink.
  • Dairy: It’s not a party if there’s no dessert, but keep your servings small and don’t go back for seconds. Also consider skipping the whipped cream or ice cream that often accompanies the slice of pie.
  • Red Meat: Opt for lean cuts or skip it entirely and stick with fish or skinless chicken. Add twice as many vegetables to your plate as meat, and if you’re doing the cooking, try baking, grilling or steaming your food.
  • Saturated Fat: Everything in moderation is key. For any dishes you’re making, try using olive oil in place of butter, to add some healthy unsaturated fats. Or cut down on the butter and add more fresh herbs and spices for flavor. If baking, you can use Greek yogurt, banana, or equal parts unsweetened applesauce as a substitute for butter.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to be realistic. Keep these morsels of advice in mind:

  • Instead of worrying about shedding a few pounds over the holidays, just try to maintain your current weight.
  • Don’t let a full calendar get in the way of exercise. It can be as easy as getting in a 10-15 minute brisk walk, twice a day.
  • Avoid arriving at a party hungry, and if you know you’re going to a get- together, make healthier choices during the rest of your day.
  • Eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed. After your food has had time to settle, you can always go back for seconds if you’re still hungry.
  • Contribute an appetizer, main course or dessert to the celebration. Finding a healthier recipe for traditional favorites is just an Internet search away. 

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season