Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating

Traditionally, when the holiday season arrives many people forget all about their diets and healthy eating. 2020 has certainly created inconsistency and uncertainty in our daily tasks, so it is completely understandable if you're eating a whole tub of gelato while sitting on the sofa right now. Although this holiday season is peculiar, it may be easier to fall off the healthy eating bandwagon given the limited and restricted social gatherings due to COVID-19. It is extremely common to gain between 7 - 10 pounds between Halloween and Christmas. To make this holiday season easier, these tips will help you with healthy eating and to decrease weight gain  through the season.
Most Traditional Foods Can Be Made Low Fat
Turkey is very lean without the skin, and gravy can be made without any fat. Opt for the chicken breast instead of a leg. Try steaming fish to get a wonderful dose of Omega 3's. Potatoes that are served without butter and cream can be very healthy. That scrumptious sweet potato pie is naturally sweet and nutritious, hold off on the adding extra sugar and whipped cream.
Stay Active, Keep Burning Calories
The key to keeping weight off during the holiday season is to burn off the extra calories. Plan a walk after meals, play some of your favorite music and dance for 20 minutes, or complete modified bodyweight exercises (i.e. chair dips, chair squats, or even wall pushups).  Don't let COVID-19 discourage you from exercising, think outside of the box! 
Pace Yourself
Try to hold off on eating too many snacks! Decide on what you plan
to eat in advance, then stick to your plan. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, low fat dressings, and slices of lean meats. Before you indulge in your holiday feasts, drink a glass of water with lemon to help curb your appetite. After your large meal, drink hot tea with lemon to aid your digestive system. Finding balance is key.  
HFT Medical wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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