The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. It’s easy to let your healthy eating habits slide during this time of year, but with a little planning and effort, it’s possible to enjoy all your favorite holiday foods without putting your health at risk. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track.
One of the best ways to make sure you eat healthy during the holidays is to plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be indulging in some less-than-healthy foods, make sure to balance it out with healthy meals and snacks earlier in the day. That way you won’t be as hungry when it comes time for holiday dinner or dessert. And speaking of dessert…
Choose Your Treats Carefully
It’s ok to indulge in your favorite holiday sweets, but be selective about what you choose. For example, if you know you can’t resist grandma’s famous apple pie, skip the cookies and have a smaller slice of pie instead. And when it comes to holiday cocktails, opt for wine or light beer over mixed drinks which can be loaded with sugar. A little moderation will go a long way in keeping you on track.
Staying active is another key to eating healthy during the holidays. Exercise not only helps offset some of the calories you consume, but it also helps reduce stress which can lead to overeating. So take a brisk walk with the family after dinner or hit the gym before your office holiday party. You’ll feel better and be less likely to indulge in unhealthy foods and beverages.
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food—but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health to enjoy them. With a little planning and moderation, you can have your cake (or pie) and eat it too. By following these tips, you can stay on track this holiday season and start the new year feeling your best. At Rochester Medical Group, we care about your health, schedule an appointment today,