Friday, December 5, 2014

HOLIDAY EATING TIPS

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. Well, you can and should enjoy this wonderful time of the year. But that does not mean you have to bombard your body with unhealthy habits that would make your new year’s resolution harder to achieve. Your health status during this holiday season is closely associated with the nourishment obtained from your diet before and during Christmas. From healthy lifestyle choices, eating the proper foods, and keeping a positive attitude, there are many things you can do to boostyour healthy status during this holiday season.
  •  Drinking plenty of water is very important for many reasons. It prevents you from becoming dehydrated, and helps with detoxificationof your body. It is recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
  • It is helpful to watch what goes into your body. Processed foods, artificial sugars, food colorings, and artificial flavorings can all be harmful to your body and reduce your chances of achieving the full benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Take at least 3 servings of whole grains every day.Not only are they high in fiber, whole grains also contain an array of antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables. The easiest way to increase whole grain intake is to replace some of your refined-grain products. For instance, use whole-grain bread instead of white bread for your breakfast.
  • A product labelled fat-free does not mean that it is low in calories. Similarly a product labelled as low-sugar or low-carb does not mean it is low in fat or calories. Always read the nutrition label on the packaging.
  • Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating.

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