Is it possible to enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds?
At this time of year, even the best of resolutions fall prey to the temptation of holiday goodies, celebratory events, and all the occasions that make this time of year special. Between holiday and office parties, end-of-year deadlines, shopping crowds, and stress, it’s hard to resist those sugary treats that are everywhere - home, the office, school, restaurants, malls and coffee bars.
To enjoy our revelries without suffering from guilt and the extra inches come January, experts advise that the key is moderation. Enjoy yourself, but don’t go crazy. Here are a few healthy eating tips courtesy of DukeHealth.org to help you successfully navigate through the upcoming holiday season:
- Plan ahead. When you go shopping, pick up healthy items to snack on and to prepare meals with.
- Be wary of alcohol. A 12-ounce bottle of beer has around 150 calories while four ounces of wine has approximately 100 calories. Try to moderate your liquid caloric intake.
- Don’t feel you have to say yes to every piece of food that is offered to you.
- Don’t go to a party already hungry. If you ‘saved’ all your calories for one meal, you’re more likely to go overboard and eat too much. If you eat well throughout the day, you can more easily manage your food intake.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also posted holiday health and safety tips. Moderation and exercise are the keys to a successful holiday season. The CDC recommends adults should be active for at least 2.5 hours a week, and kids and teens should be active for at least 1 hour each day in addition to eating holiday treats in moderation.
This holiday season, make an effort to consume higher-calorie holiday treats in moderation and maintain an exercise regimen. Start the New Year off right!