Healthy Habits For The Holiday Season
You may not
always have control over which foods are served at holiday gatherings,
but you can still enjoy a healthy holiday season, according to
nutrition experts at Mayo Clinic.
you’re sensible and use moderation, you can enjoy the holidays
and still stay healthy," said Mark Glen, a registered dietician at the
clinic. "For example, celebrate the holidays on a handful of special
days rather than the entire season, which can least for six weeks or
Here are some additional tips to help you dine diligently and maintain healthy diet and exercise habits, according to Glen:
give up the family favorites, but enjoy them in moderation. Have a few
holiday cookies or your favorite treat periodically, but not every day.
Ask yourself if you really need that second or third treat. Remind
yourself that those calories "go on a lot easier than they come off."
* Choose your
foods wisely at buffets and dinner parties. Raw fruits and vegetables,
with a small amount of dip, are good choices. Boiled shrimp with
cocktail sauce or lemon also is a good choice. Limit the number of
high-calorie foods, such as rich desserts or appetizers. Select only a
few items that you really want and enjoy small portions. To curb your
appetite and avoid overeating, eat a small, low-calorie snack before
starting on the buffet or dinner.
* Set a limit
of one or two alcoholic drinks per occasion. Calories from alcohol can
accumulate quickly, so when you’ve reached your limit, switch to
calorie-free sparkling water, diet sodaor plain water with a twist of
lemon or lime.
* Balance out
the added calories with extra exercise. Join a neighbor for a brisk
walk. Ride an exercise bike or walk on a treadmill while watching
television. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Park in
the far corner of the parking lot so you can take a brief walk to your
destination. Short doses of exercise add up, and varying your
activities makes it easier to keep doing them.
* Enlist your
family’s support for a healthier holiday by taking food off
center stage. Think of non-food ways to celebrate, such as sledding,
skating, singing or watching a movie (avoid fattening snacks while