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Staying Healthy and Happy in the Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, were looking at you!

During the holidays we tend to let it be a cheat month in regards to our healthier eating habbits. With family and friends stopping by, chilly weather, and the fact that were wearing pants and jackets, who cares about gaining a pound or two?

Did you know that this time of year is when people become the most depressed? The best way to battle this is keeping your happy and healthy through the holidays here of four tips how.

Tips to staying healthy during the holiday season:

  1. Eat breakfast – yes, even if you are waking up early to do a massive amount of cooking or baking. Eating just a bowl of oatmeal or and omelet can help kick start your metabolism, resulting in feeling great and keeping your busy days productive, as well.
  2. Just eat it! – While we bake and prepare large meals, we can all admit we take a bite of everything. Everything! From pastries, to tasting a slice of turkey, having one piece of candy from the holiday displays, and even the veggie tray we slaved over, we try it! Because one taste won’t hurt, right? Wrong! All of those calories add up. Because you’re not eating to fill yourself, you won’t even notice. Instead of snacking all day, just eat lunch! Make an entire snack, or have your pastry. You’ll be more productive if you give your body the energy it needs and won’t snack your entire daily calorie intake away.
  3. Skip the green bean casserole – yes, it’s delicious, and yes every family has their own famous recipe. But were calling out the casserole. It is not the same thing as eating a serving of veggies. It is not! If it’s something you can’t get over leaving out of your meal, plan to have more cooked vegetables. Salads are great, but they still don’t have the same nutrients our body needs to keep working healthily. Carrots, broccoli, and spinach are all vegetables we forget about when planning our meals. Instead of making them separately, you could always buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables at your grocery store and make them right before you sit down. Plus, it adds some vibrant color to your plates!
  4. Plan an activity – After thanksgiving we tend to be in the mindset that it’s time to settle down while some nap,  play cards or catch up over coffee and left-overs. Instead, take a group walk around your neighborhood.  If the people in your family are active, plan a flag football game, or a homemade obstacle course. Being outside and active will help your body digest all of those delicious foods and can keep you from feeling run-down after clean up. Not to mention, being in a group activity is a better way to reconnect with family members and for children to be in touch with relatives they may not see often. Planning an activity will be more memorable for years to come.

What are some ways you keep your holiday season healthier?

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March is National Nutrition Month

The month of March is National Nutrition Month! This campaign was designed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help jumpstart people into getting healthy. While healthy habits should be practiced all year long, if you haven’t been so dedicated now is the perfect time to start. Bikini season is right around the corner so why not join the movement and get in shape just in time! There are many ways to replace your unhealthy habits with smarter choices for a healthier body.

The theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “Eat Right with Color”. The more colorful your plate, the more nutrients you are getting and also a better balanced meal. Be sure to load up on lots of lean protein, such as chicken or fish. Green leafy veggies are also a great source of vitamins and fiber. Whole grains should be incorporated into your diet as well as yummy fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, bananas and mango. You can splurge every now and then with your favorite treats, but always remember portion control!

 

Shed pounds and stay fit by adding at least 30-40 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, taking a break about once a week. Regular exercise is paramount for your overall health. It improves heart health, decreases risk of disease and improves strength and well-being. Go for a brisk walk or run in the morning before heading into the office or swim laps in the pool. Taking a scenic bike ride or go for a hike. Dancing and yoga are also good sources of exercise and burn lots of calories. As long as you are staying active your body will thank you!

Why not let National Nutrition Month jump-start your diet and fitness routine now? It’s never too late to start and you’ve got nothing to lose– except a few pounds of fat and some bad eating habits of course!