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TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON

December 18, 2014

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Offer to bring the salad or something healthy to the party/potluck/friend’s house etc.

By bringing something healthy to a gathering, you know there will be at least one healthy dish.  Make a big salad with lots of fresh veggies, and chickpeas or beans to help fill you up.  Make a simple vinaigrette or buy one with few ingredients.

 

Plan ahead for getting your workout in

Get up early, squeeze it in during your lunch break or pop in a workout DVD as soon as you get home. Do something active to feel better all the time.

 

Don’t skip meals.

You might think that it makes sense to skip lunch to have more room for party food but if you go to a party starving, you are likely to make worse choices than if you have something light and healthy in your stomach to start. Splurge on eating special treats at the party not foods that are always available like a cheese + cracker tray.

 

Save calories on drink mixers

Use diet tonic, soda water and lots of ice. Skip drinks with tons of added sugar or high calorie mixers and opt for more simple choices.

 

Go to bed

An interesting study says “People who sleep less over time tend to be heavier,” says Lawrence Epstein, the chief medical officer of the Sleep Health Centers, in Brighton, Mass. But it doesn’t take long for the cycle to start. “If you pull one all-nighter or miss a few hours each night over a week, your body releases hormones that prompt eating and weight gain,” says Epstein. (fox news)

 

Stay hydrated. Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water is good for you everyday but especially when you are eating more salty foods and drinking more alcohol than usual. Make sure to drink at least the recommended amount of water, if not more. Your body will thank you!

 

Wash your hands. A lot.

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