Heart healthy holidays
With the holiday season in full-swing, we are heading into a time filled with parties from our work to school to family gatherings. With all the festivities, it’s easy to put our health on the backburner.
Keeping up with healthy habits is tough around the holidays for a few reasons:
- An increase in eating unhealthy food at holiday parties
- Boost in stress due to lots of holiday responsibilities
- Less exercise due to cold weather and busy schedules
The average American gains about one pound over the four-week holiday period, which adds up over the years and can eventually lead to obesity and increased risk of heart disease.
Follow these heart-healthy tips this holiday season:
- Everything in moderation. It’s okay to enjoy the treats of the holiday season, but pay attention to serving sizes. Don’t indulge at every meal, and know when to say “I’m done.”
- Weigh yourself every day. This helps you stay in tune with your body and make better choices during the day, especially when faced with indulgences at parties.
- Stay active. Don’t let the cold or a busy schedule keep you from moving! Walk indoors or do some indoor exercises like jogging in place, jumping-jacks or push-ups.
- Eat half a dessert. Take a taste, but eat only half a serving of the sugary and carb-rich treats like cookies, pie or cakes.
For a healthier dessert, try this lightened up deconstructed apple pie from one of Adventist HealthCare’s registered dietitians!
|Each Wednesday at 7:40 am, Jerry & Blanca speak with local health professional, Rose Melendez, who offers helpful tips for your health and well-being, brought to you by our friends at Adventist HealthCare.|