How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. So it can be easy to let your health slide during this time of year in the name of enjoying all your favorite holiday dishes. But there are steps you can take to make sure you stay on track!
1. Plan ahead: make sure to have healthy snacks on hand so you're not tempted by all the holiday sweets that seem to be everywhere. A healthy snack will help tide you over until your next meal so you're not as tempted to overeat.
2. Watch your portion sizes: it's easy to get carried away when there's so much good food around, but remember that moderation is key! Stick to smaller portions of all your favorite dishes, and you'll be less likely to feel guilty (and stuffed) later.
3. Get moving: we all know how sedentary we can get during the holidays, sitting around watching Christmas movies or playing games with family. But try to sneak in some activity whenever you can - take a stroll around the block after dinner, or play a game of touch football in the backyard! Just a little bit of movement will help offset all those extra calories you're consuming.
4. Don't forget your water: it's easy to get dehydrated during the winter months, especially if you're indulging in some holiday spirits! Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day (and maybe cut back on the alcohol just a bit...) to keep yourself hydrated and healthy.
5. Enjoy yourself!: the holidays only come once a year, so don't stress too much about being perfect. Allow yourself some indulgences here and there, and focus on enjoying time spent with family and friends. After all, that's what the season is really about!
Conclusion: The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun - not guilt and worry about staying on track with your health goals. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy all your favorite holiday dishes without packing on the pounds. And remember - moderation is key! A little bit of everything is fine, just don't go overboard. Happy holidays!