The holiday season brings with it a variety of joys like get-togethers with family and friends, traveling, shopping and eating various delicacies ranging from deep fried snacks to sugar coated treats. However, overindulgence in these holiday delights comes with its own share of health issues like putting on weight, stomach upset, and guilt feelings.
Here are a few strategies to eat healthy during holidays:
- Limit your portion size: There is no need to totally abstain from sweets and other holiday treats. The key is to control the serving size. Use the smallest plate to serve yourself and don’t go back for a second helping.
- Avoid hunger: You can do this by feeding yourself with lighter meals intermittently throughout the day and chewing your food properly. Do not starve yourself for long periods as this contributes to over consumption when the food is served.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: Try to eat food items that are low in fat but high in fibre and water content as they keep you full and suppress hunger. Avoid creamy food, sweets, oily snacks or deep-fried cookies. It may be difficult but not impossible.
- Avoid empty calories: Refrain from binge eating fast foods during the holidays as they add unnecessary calories in your body which become difficult to shed later.
- Mindful eating: Concentrate on your meal while eating it taking time to savour the flavour of each ingredient. This way you are more likely to enjoy your meal without overeating.
- Don't skip exercises: Put something into the fitness bank every day even if it’s a little walk after your meals. Moderate but regular physical activity aids digestion and keeps your weight under control.
- Alcohol in check: Alcohol is rich in calories which tend to accumulate in the abdomen. It also sheds your inhibitions and causes overeating. Therefore, limit your alcohol intake to just 1-2 drinks and then simply stick to water or seltzer water for the rest of the day.
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