Healthy Holiday Eating
Fall is upon us, and before you know it, the holidays will be here. Along with holiday celebrations comes the temptation of eating all sorts of foods that, later on, pressure many of us to make weight loss one of our top New Year’s resolutions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together five healthy eating tips to help us navigate the holidays without blowing our diets. While we can’t always control the types of food that we are served, we do have control over other important things.
3. FIT IN FAVORITES
Stick to the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year, like pumpkin pie. Slow down and savor a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan.
4. KEEP MOVING
The holidays are often a stressful time of year and exercise tends to be the first activity set aside when plans change. However, being active is your secret holiday weapon! It can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress. Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday meal.
5. GIVE YOUR BODY A BREAK
Going out more and staying out later often means sacrificing sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to manage your blood sugar, and when you lack sleep, you tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. The CDC recommends getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night to guard against mindless eating.