Winter Holiday Nutrition Tips
The holidays are almost here and it can be so easy to overindulge. We want to help! Here are some tips to help you stay healthy during this tasty and tempting holiday season.
1. STAY HYDRATED
Strive to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Drinking excess sugary or alcoholic beverages and not enough water can leave you dehydrated. Try drinking a full 8oz of water before starting your meal.
2. EAT REGULARLY
Avoid skipping meals in anticipation of one large meal in a day. Ensuring that you eat balanced meals spread evenly throughout the day can prevent overeating.
3. CONTINUE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Don't forget to move! Movement such as walking or chair exercises can help your body process the different foods eaten during the holiday season. Exercise has many other benefits including improved mood, better sleep quality and helping blood sugar management.
4. CHECK OUT THE SPREAD
When eating at a holiday gathering where foods might be served family- or buffet-style, it's helpful to do a walk-through before serving yourself. This allows you to see what's offered so you can aim to serve yourself a balanced meal. Put vegetables on your plate first.
5. STAY MINDFUL
Continue to practice mindfulness when eating. This can include eating slowly in order to enjoy your food and staying aware of when you're full or hungry.
If you're traveling, do your best to plan ahead. Pack some balanced snacks for yourself to have in case you get hungry. Or bring a reusable water bottle to help you stay hydrated. If possible, find out what your schedule might include so you can make sure to eat regularly around your planned activities.
7. HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
Make sure to get plenty of rest each night. Inadequate sleep can cause irregularities in the chemicals that tell our body when we're hungry and when we're full.
The holidays are a time to relax, enjoy family, friends, and life! Keep these tips in mind to help you enjoy the season to the fullest.