It's the holiday season and we all want to be healthy. Whether you're trying to lose weight, stay fit with a hectic schedule, or just maintain your current health, there are some things that can make it difficult. One of those is food choice during this time of year. The abundance of sweets and other high-calorie foods around us tempts our brains into making unhealthy choices often. But don't worry! Here are some tips on how to keep yourself healthy this holiday season through your food choices.
Discover healthier alternatives to your favorites
Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to give up your holiday favorites — all they need are a few modifications. You can use less butter or an alternative, yogurt instead of mayonnaise, and honey/maple syrup in place of sugar for those who want the taste but not extra weight or calories.
Everything in moderation
The holidays are a time for celebration, and moderation should be the name of your game. You don't need to give up on enjoying festive meals altogether—just make sure that they're healthy ones! Have an indulgent dinner one night; then follow it up with something light later in order not only save calories but also keep yourself energized throughout all those festivities. For example: eat more salad rather than heavy dishes or consider eating something before the party so you don’t fill up on a heavy meal. Do not skip meals before you go to a party or you will likely overeat.
Eat more veggies
Sometimes the most simple changes can make all the difference. Increase your vegetable choices and find ways to dress them up without making unhealthy, excess sauces or oils- this will keep both you and our bodies healthy! Try roasting asparagus alone for an easy side dish while carrots get served hot in a bowl with some sweet potatoes on top - they're sure not only look good but taste even better too.
The key to staying healthy over the holidays is not eating too much! Slowing down during mealtime can help you avoid accidentally overeating and maintain better portion control.
Maintain your exercise
Maintaining a regular exercise routine is important for both your mental and physical health. It can also help relieve stress, which is so commonplace during the holiday season.
Don't forget about yourself
The holidays can be a lot like running on empty. Even if you’re with family, it's important to take some time for yourself every day and make sure your batteries are charged up so that when the evening comes around again there is nothing left but love! A walk in nature or meditating once per day will help keep stress levels under control while also giving us energy during these days filled with excitement.
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