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Healthy for the Holidays

Healthy for the Holidays

It’s not easy staying healthy once the holiday season rolls in. There are cookies at the office and candy canes, fruitcakes, eggnog and gingerbread galore — although maybe we’d skip the fruitcake.

And who wants to venture outdoors for a jog? The weather outside really is frightful, while the fire and toasted marshmallows seem delightful.

We knows it can be difficult to keep an eye on diet and exercise at such a festive time of year, so we want to help. Here are some tips from our Health Coach instructor for a very merry, happy, healthy holiday season.

  • Limit time spent watching television during and after meals.
  • Don’t go back for seconds at mealtime.
  • Know which holiday food favorites are the unhealthiest and avoid these or choose smaller portions.
  • Eat turkey without the skin on it since the skin adds extra fat.
  • Make two thirds of your plate fruits and veggies.
  • Skip the eggnog. One cup can have up to 350 calories.
  • Don’t skip meals so that you can eat more during dinner.
  • Try recipe modification: for example, substituting applesauce for oil in a muffin recipe.
  • Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday party.
  • Choose hot tea instead of hot chocolate after coming in from the cold.
  • Make family activities not all about food. Choose crafts such as ornament decoration rather than making gingerbread houses or cookie baking.

 

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