Tis the Season…For Healthy Tips!
Temptations are everywhere during the holidays – so keep these Healthy Tips nearby:
- If going to an event where you will eat later than your normal mealtime, eat a small healthy snack before you go: a small handful of nuts, an apple with peanut butter, a slice of turkey on whole wheat bread.
- It takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize that you are “full” so take a break before going back for seconds.
- If you are at a social event where you walk around, take the time to socialize and put your plate down after your trip to the buffet table, so you will eat less.
- Drink to your health. Eggnog can have 500 calories in a cup. Alcoholic drinks start at 125 calories and go up! If you partake in these, start with a glass of water and alternate water and alcoholic drinks.
- Make room for vegetables and fruits. Start with them to fill up. Don’t forget to track your vegetables for the Healthy Women Project!
- Take time for exercise. Remember to count, record and report those steps! Find time for a walk or exercise on days you plan to attend a food event. Dance or play games to keep moving! Suggest a walk after dinner.
- Get your Zzz’s. Sleep loss can make it harder to control your blood sugar, and you will tend to prefer higher fat food and more of it!
Most of all, pay attention to what really matters, celebrating and spending time with the people you enjoy and love. If you focus on connecting with those close to you, it is easier to avoid overeating.
True Gift of Christmas
The gifts I’d leave beneath your tree,
Aren’t those that you can touch or see,
No toys meant just for pointless play,
But gifts to bless you every day.
The gift of friendship warm and true,
Is one that I would leave for you.
Good health and happiness and cheer
To keep you smiling through the year.
The gift of peace that comes from God,
With prayer to guide each path you trod.
And when your heart has lost its song
The gift of hope to cheer you on.
These are the gifts I’d leave for you.