It's a well-known fact that the holiday season is a time of plenty. Find out how to stay fit while you feast!
Enjoy the pleasures of the palate
With the holidays just around the corner, the child in you tingles with anticipation at the prospect of all the wonderful things to come. There are a thousand and one reasons to rejoice, marvel and spoil yourself. As you ring in the New Year and its resolutions, you're planning to have a great time with the people you love.
You can already taste the mouth-watering buffets, enticing desserts, Aunt Gertrude’s legendary meat pie, and your brother-in-law’s celebratory glass of bubbly. There are many opportunities to deviate from your healthy eating habits during the holidays, but this can have consequences!
Some examples of these effects include:
- digestive disorders (e.g., stomach upset, acid reflux, nausea, diarrhea, etc.)
- chronic illness imbalance (e.g. diabetes or hypertension)
- sleep problems
Making good choices for yourself
Yes, it is possible to fully enjoy the holidays without having to pay the price later on.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holidays while maintaining healthy eating habits.
- Drink water. Many beverages such as alcohol have a dehydrating effect. So, drink responsibly and in moderation. Drinking water in between other beverages will keep you hydrated!
- Take time to chew each bite. When you have your favourite foods on your plate, it's tempting to eat faster. Chewing is very important to ensure proper digestion and avoid stomach pain.
- Make smart food choices. Some foods have less nutritional value than others. Choose a balanced diet containing vitamins, fiber, good sugars and fats.
- Don’t skip meals. Some people skip meals during the holiday season so they can eat more at gatherings with friends and family. This is a miscalculation and increases the risk of digestive upset. So, eat your fill at every meal.
- Stay active.Ski, skate, go for a walk in the fresh air, or dance. Eating is important, but so is physical activity!
Speak to your pharmacist for advice on the ways to stay healthy during the holiday season.