Fa, la, la, la, la! The holiday season is upon us, which means that the tempting treats will be out in force, even if we're staying safe by avoiding large groups this year.
However, there are several things you can do to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle. Our registered dietitians shared their top tips for a healthy holiday season with Carilion Living.
1. Take a Walk
Before the festivities begin, take a 30-minute walk. We all have the best of intentions to do it later in the day, but if you get your workout out of the way early it will be one less thing you have to worry about and you will be less likely to skip it.
2. Eat Regular Meals
Eat a normal breakfast and/or lunch. Staying on a regular routine will help you consume fewer calories at dinner time because you’re not starving. Eating regularly will also cut down on snacking throughout the day.
3. Try Everything
When it comes to portions and servings, take one to two tablespoons of anything you would like to eat. You will get to have everything you want without piling your plate full of excess calories.
4. Sample Desserts
Take small slices of pies and other desserts, so you can sample more than one variety.
5. Take Another Walk!
If possible, take a 10- to15-minute walk after a large meal to help aid in digestion.
6. Skip Your Favorites
If baking is part of your holiday traditions, choose treats that may not be your favorite so you’re less likely to sample.
7. Stay Hydrated
With the colder weather, we have a tendency to drink less water. Our bodies still need six to eight glasses of water every day.
8. Set Personal Goals
Start your New Year’s resolutions early! Get a head start on your weight loss goals for an easier transition when 2021 hits.
Following any or all of these recommendations can help you enjoy the holidays without added weight. Here's to a healthy and festive holiday season!
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