It’s pretty easy to overindulge during the holiday season. Social gatherings and family time can be filled with heavy entrees and delightful treats. However, if you want to stay on a path to wellness, you can make your holidays healthy and uplifting. With a simple mental game plan and some tips to stay on track, you can move through the holidays with a healthy outlook. Here are five tips for eating healthy during the holidays:
- Prioritize produce. Whether you are hosting a gathering or you are attending one, be sure to have lots of veggies and fruit for snacking. If you’re asked to bring something to a party, bring a dish that is vegetable based. Festive salads and colorful fruit make an excellent side dish.
- Opt for homemade. Instead of store-bought sides or processed desserts, try to consume the entrees, sides and desserts that are homemade. This can cut the calorie and sodium content by at least 25%.
- Watch your portions. Portion control can be your best friend during the holidays. Eat small meals or snacks to maximize your metabolism. Avoid excess hunger which can lead to overeating.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine. The holidays can be busy, but exercise relieves stress and can provide extra energy. Even if you can only exercise for a few minutes make time for squats, jumping jacks or sit-ups.
- Focus on what really matters. Food is a delicious part of the holidays, but be sure to savor the family and friend connections at gatherings. By focusing on positive relationships, it’s easy to keep yourself in a healthy state of mind.
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