Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

Hello Again!

The holiday season is upon us, and that means the typical holiday goodie fare will be part of the holidays spreads at most of the gatherings you attend. Don’t feel bad when you cave in to temptation; always remember: Moderation is key. If fruits happen to be a part of the menu, don’t forget to add these to your plate; they’ll definitely help you to consume less of the empty calories in most holiday desserts (yule log, anyone?). If you’re tasked with preparing a holiday dessert, try to make it a healthier option: use fruits like pineapple, strawberries or oranges; it’ll reduce the amount of sugar in the dessert AND it will pack an antioxidant punch. Here are a few yummy suggestions:

Chianti-Roasted Pears

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips


Some more tips to help you keep your dietary regimen on track over the holidays:

  • Avoid greasy foods and food prepared with heavy creams. Load up your plate with fresh salads and healthy and filling vegetables. 
  • Take your time! Eating mindfully and taking the time to savour each bite will help you to curb those trips for seconds. 
  • Drink a cup of herbal tea after dinner; this really helps to aid with digestion. Some of my favourites are chamomile, peppermint and anise tea.
  • Stay active throughout the holidays. Exercise is not only a great way to help you maintain your weight during the festive onslaught, it also helps you to keep any holiday stress at bay. Check out this 30-minute video, and try to work it in at least 3 times a week during the holidays to help you burn off any extra calories. If you don’t have time to work routines into your day, park far away from the mall entrance while Christmas shopping. Those few extra steps can go a long way! 
  • Once again, don’t forget that moderation is key. No one should feel like they should be avoiding any festive delights; you really only eat them once a year ;)



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