Holiday Health Do’s and Don’ts
Even the most diligent dieters and exercise enthusiasts can get off course during the holiday season. Between the office parties to Christmas dinner at mom’s house, it is easy to find yourself going a bit overboard with the appetizers and desserts. There are some holiday do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of to ensure your holiday season is a healthy one.
Do– You want to drink plenty of water and there are two reasons for this. One is that it will help you stay hydrated. The other is that it can help you feel full before a big holiday meal. The last thing you want to do is show up at a holiday party with a growling stomach and start eating everything in sight.
Do– You do want to bring your own healthy dish to any party you are invited to. This ensures that you have healthy options to choose from. So, consider bringing a nice fruit platter or vegetable tray.
Do– Do ensure that when you are making holiday desserts, modify the recipe so that they end up with lower sodium. If you are making pies, you can leave out the salt from the crust and filling and it will taste just fine.
Don’t– You don’t want to completely avoid the desserts and sweets at holiday parties and dinners. You will likely just end up feeling cheated. Instead, fit a piece or two of dessert into your allowed daily calorie intake.
Don’t– Don’t skip any meals. Some people will try to save calories by skipping a meal during the day if they have a big meal planned for that evening. Skipping a meal will only make you hungrier and you will end up binge eating later on.
Don’t– You don’t want to overindulge on holiday toppings like icing, butter and gravy. There toppings may not seem like much but they can add on the calories and fast.