5 Ways to Make Healthy Holiday Choices

How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is notorious for many things that bring us joy, such as all the delicious holiday treats and decadent meals we can eat. However, your body may not be feeling so joyful from the effects of the unhealthy choices we make. While it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, here are 5 ways you can stay on track and make better, healthier choices this holiday season.

1. Don’t Skip Breakfast

The holiday hustle and bustle can leave morning breakfast to the wayside. Skipping breakfast has many detrimental health effects, including increased risk of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Slower metabolism
  • A decrease in brain health
  • Mood changes and irritability during the day
  • Lower energy levels

To ensure you don’t skip breakfast, try preparing breakfast meals the night before. While certain cereals can be a quick, healthy option for breakfast, it’s okay to eat things such as a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread or a cup of fresh fruit with low-fat yogurt.

2. Stick to An Exercise Schedule

While it may be hard to stick to an exercise routine during the holiday season, making a conscious effort to keep yourself moving can make a big difference in your overall health. If you are pressed for time, here are some quick ways you can get the benefits of exercise each day in 15 to 30 minutes minutes.

  • Stretching
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Riding a stationary bike
  • Practicing yoga poses

3. Avoid Processed Foods

Processed foods can contribute to a multitude of health issues such as obesity and an increased risk in developing cancer — and unfortunately, you may come across these types of foods at festive events and family gatherings. When attending a holiday party, stick to eating from the veggie and fruit platter whenever possible. Here are some common processed foods to avoid:

  • Cheese
  • Meats such as bacon, sausage, ham and salami
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits

4. Pay Attention to Portions on Your Plate

Portion control can help you enjoy your holiday meal without feeling the guilt. You can control how much you put on your plate by:

  • Not skipping meals before your holiday dinner
  • Eating slowly
  • Waiting 10 to 20 minutes after eating before considering seconds
  • Using a smaller plate
  • Loading up your plate with more vegetables

5. Participate in Stress Relieving Activities

Stress can lead to overeating and increase cravings for sugary and fatty foods. Here are some ways to cope with and reduce stress.

  • Participate in physical activities and exercise
  • Listen to your favorite relaxing music
  • Take a bath
  • Play with your pet
  • Reduce caffeine intake

Contact Parrish Healthcare Today

Taking care of your health now can have a long-lasting and positive effect on your health for years to come! At Parrish Healthcare, we offer a variety of services through our Parrish Health and Fitness Center. Whether you are interested in our fitness classes or nutritional counseling, we can help! Contact us today at 321-268-6111 to find out what health programs are right for you.

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