The holidays are here and so is the food. Everywhere you look there are trays of cookies or holiday snacks and the dinners are enormous. Keep your health in mind throughout the holidays. Get out that bathroom scale you’ve been hiding as a simple reminder to be conscious of your health over the next month. Even a pound or two gained over the holidays can add up each year! Here are a few tips to keep the pounds from being a part of your celebration.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits every day. Keep a goal of seven servings daily. It makes it hard to eat the bad foods when your plate is already full of health choices.
- Plan ahead for the dinner parties. Don’t go starving and limit the alcohol intake.
- Keep your attention away from the food. The memories that last a lifetime aren’t going to be what food you ate! Talk with people you haven’t seen for awhile or join your family for a quick game of football outside.
- Try to take a walk every day you are not working to help supplement the extra calories you’re consuming. A little exercise goes a long way and it reminds you of your goal.
- If you’re going to a potluck, take something healthy like a big tray of veggies or a salad.
- Be choosy about your treats. If it’s a dessert, make it a good one and stick to one piece.
- The constant rule of controlling your portions means even more now. Pick a small plate.
Celebrate, but keep your goal in mind. You will always feel better if you are able to achieve your goal of maintaining or even losing weight this season.
Gregory Sweat, MD, is the Medical Director of the Shawnee Mission Physicians Group and practices Family Medicine at Shawnee Mission Primary Care - Prairie View Medical Building.