Food is a big part of holiday celebrations.It can be easy for you and your children to overeat and indulge duringhe winter breaks or the holiday season. It’s vital to make sure your kids are eating healthily as well!
We have tips for maintaining healthy eating habits — while still enjoying some of your favorite holiday goodies.
Don’t let the holidays ruin your family’s healthy lifestyle. Keep kids and yourself eating healthy during the festive-holiday break.
“The festive season is just round the corner and most of are gearing up for big celebrations, family dinners and lavish parties. Who wants to stop the fun when there is delicious food, wine & near ones around?
Most people gain weight during festival seasons. What follows after the meery time is the guilt of binging and fear of not fitting into our regular clothes.
Dr Shilpa’s easy tips to avoid undue weight gain during this holiday season.
Try to eat less but more often. While enjoying party keep a check on your food intake.
Try to avoid going hungry to parties. Instead eat something light before the party to reduce your chances of snacking on high calorie food. Your healthy snack choices can include low fat yoghurt, a bowl of muesli/ cereal or a cheese and cucumber sandwich.
Don’t try to lose weight over the season. Instead, aim to maintain your current weight.
Always watch your portion sizes. If you know you want to finish everything in front of you doubting your will power, use an quarter plate instead of a dinner plate. That way you are sure to eat less.
Avoid skipping meals, because that may lead you to counterproductive results.
The Healthy Eating Pyramid helps you to fill up with foods that are healthy. These foods include vegetables, legumes, dry fruits, and fruits.
Foods you can enjoy: Vegetable sticks, rice crackers, hummus, beetroot, avocado dip, brown sandwiches, fruit salad with yoghurt
Foods to stay away or limit: Creamy dips, sausage rolls, pies, chips, corn chips, lollies, candy canes, chocolates, cakes and slices with cream.
Drink lots of water. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, artificial juices and soft drinks as they are loaded calories. Drinking alcohol with in limit only add to the enjoyment of your festive events, but over-consuming alcohol can lead to weight gain.
Prioritizing your workout will not only help you to be in your shape but at the same time help you to be active during your holidays. Here are some ideas to help you stay fit over the holidays:
* Set yourself an exercise challenge for the New Year. Try to get up a little early while others are sleeping will help to avoid their remarks and you can do your workout uninterruptedly.
* Get out of house, plan outdoor activities with family members and friends. Playing with your children helps you in burning a lot of calories. Try outdoor cricket, throwing a Frisbee, bike riding or ice skating, snow skiing. You can burn 84 calories by skiing just for 10 minutes.
* Dancing is a stress buster and great way to exercise. It will keep your heart rate up and help you to burn those extra calories. You can get your family and friends to groove with you.
* If you are on vacation walking is the best way to become familiar with your holiday location or use cycle. Cycling is the best cardiovascular workout that helps in keeping you fit.
* Last but not the least try to be active and do whatever physical activity possible. If you can’t, simply walk more, park your vehicle at some distance away from store or just take stairs.
* Be active to stay healthy & enjoy the holiday season.
Happy eating and happy new year!