8 Holiday Health Tips
Staying healthy and fit over the holiday season is easy with these tips from Lauren Frahn
The holiday season is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited to start the Thanksgiving celebrations. Between spending time with family and friends, all of the festivities, and… oh yes, all of the delish foods, there’s simply nothing better! And while it’s certainly a time for cheer and a little indulgence, it’s important not to overdo it. If you’re a fanatic for all that the start of the holiday season brings, here’s how you can enjoy the gobble without adding wobble this Turkey Day.
WORKOUT IN THE AM
Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you should skip the gym. In fact, knowing that you’re likely going to be enjoying a little extra food is all the more reason to get to the gym and burn calories. If the gym is not an option, lace up your sneakers, get outside and go for a brisk walk or jog. Not only will this get your metabolism moving, it’ll also give you time to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery while you reflect on all that you’re thankful for – like your health, your ability to be active... the list goes on.
One of the best things about Thanksgiving morning (besides a great workout!) are the Thanksgiving Day parades! But make sure you eat breakfast before you head out for the morning. Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast will ensure you’re full of energy to enjoy all the entertainment and festivities.
MAKE HEALTHIER DISHES
Whether you’re hosting or preparing dishes to bring, make an effort to cut out fats and sugars. (Yes, your food can still taste good!) Most holiday recipes include some added fats and sugars, but there are many healthy alternatives that will still allow you to enjoy these fall treats. Opt for “less-sugar” or “sugar-free” varieties of your favorite desserts, swap whole eggs for egg whites in recipes, and go “low-fat”. And as you’re cooking up a storm, don’t forget to give thanks for your appliances, your hands, and the means to put food on the table for yourself and your loved ones!
DON’T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
Instead of drinking cocktails all night—eat! The fact is, alcohol is doubly disastrous for your waistline. First, calories from alcohol can add up quickly, and this leaves no room for a slice of that heavenly pie your mom baked. (Hmmm… mom’s pumpkin pie? Yes, please!) Second, alcohol lowers your reserves and increases the likelihood that you’ll end up overindulging in those yummy desserts.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
This is one liquid you do not want to limit your intake of. By keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day, you’ll be less inclined to “pick” at treats, because you’ll feel more full. And, you’re less likely to mistake thirst for hunger.
There’s no need to make it your duty to sample each and every hors d’ oeuvres. (Oh yes, those calories add up quickly too!) But if you find that you just can’t help yourself, then take a seat next to the veggie platter and stay put! You’ll be glad you did when it comes time for the main course.
WATCH YOUR PORTIONS
Just because you have a big plate does not mean that you have to fill it! You can enjoy delicious turkey with trimmings while still sticking with normal-sized portions. To keep the calories down, opt for white meat turkey without the skin, sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and pile on the colorful veggies. It’s okay to allow yourself a few samples of your favorite traditional sides, just be sure to eat these in moderation. And remember, if you skip the seconds, you can reward yourself with your favorite dessert! Yes, that slice of pumpkin pie had your name written all over it!
The holidays are a time to enjoy amazing food, but it’s also a time to enjoy being with family and friends. Don’t rush through your meal, savor every bite and every precious laugh and smile you share with your family and friends. Besides, that’s what the holidays are really all about.
Happy Turkey Day, HERS girls!
Best wishes and abundant blessings!
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