Overeating and overindulging during the holidays is a common occurrence, but there are ways you can control your eating habits to keep your body feeling its best.
To avoid overeating at celebrations, eat healthy foods and even a snack before arriving. This will help you eat in moderation. It is also a good idea to choose the lean meats, fruits, and vegetables instead of the more unhealthy options. Avoid standing near the buffet table to prevent mindless snacking and opt for a smaller plate to control your portion sizes when it is time to eat. However, there is no need to limit yourself entirely. It’s also important to enjoy yourself, the food, and the company.
If you are in charge of the holiday dinner or even just a dish, you can make small recipe adjustments to popular beverages and treats that can have a big impact on health. Cut the extra fat and calories in eggnog and hot chocolate by using skim milk instead of cream and taking it easy on toppings. Try making apple cider yourself with fresh, low-sugar apple juice and natural spices. For holiday treats, substitute butter with applesauce, use a sugar substitute like stevia, and use whole-wheat flour instead of refined flour.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Taking Care of Yourself
The holidays are also an important time to take care of yourself. Start new healthy holiday traditions by focusing on your physical and emotional health. Take time to relax, and don’t feel the need to do everything yourself. Simplify your celebration, get the family involved, and set your priorities. Only do the holiday rituals you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to push some festivities to a later date to lighten your schedule. If you are unable to visit your family, see if you can spend time with nearby friends or volunteer to spend time with those who may also be separated from family.
Focus on what’s important this holiday season rather than the commercial aspects. Overcome the holiday blues by spending time with family, friends, and by yourself when you need it. Set realistic goals with your schedule, a practical budget, and remember to get plenty of rest and exercise. The winter season is also cold and flu season, so be sure to wash your hands frequently, get vaccinated, and see your doctor if you feel ill.
St. Luke’s emergency departments are open 24/7 for any holiday emergencies. St. Luke’s Health wishes you and your family a healthy and happy holiday.
CNN | Ouch! Holiday health hazards abound