Christmas Health Tips

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
The holidays are upon us, the hustle and bustle of the season fills us with anticipation and happiness as we prepare for days of celebration with family and friends. Dinners and parties with all the special treats and dishes that evoke joyous memories from years past and fill us with eagerness for the coming year. However, along with all the festivities there is one gift you may want to refuse … the extra pounds we are left with!
 
You can enjoy the festivities and get a handle on that weight gain! Just keep these suggestions in mind.
 
• Start your day off with a healthy breakfast! Many studies have shown that eating breakfast each day helps maintain a healthy weight.
 
• Eat a handful of walnuts or pecans before going out to your holiday celebrations, the protein and fiber will help manage your appetite. Dress up those walnuts with some dried cranberries, a study published in The Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology found no difference in dried vs. fresh fruit when it comes to antioxidant activity, which will help keep those free radicals at bay during the busy holiday season.
 
• Choose your appetizers carefully and opt for the veggies and fruits.
 
• Studies have found that the first three food items chosen from a buffet make up 66 percent of the total meal, so start filling your plate at the end of the table with salad!
 
• Resist the urge to fill your plate to overflowing.
 
• Find someplace to stand away from your favorite treats — they’re easier to resist and enjoy in moderation from a distance!
 
• Even though your schedule is crowded, take the time to exercise. It will help maintain your weight and relieve holiday stress.
 
Enjoy your family and friends, indulge (moderately) in your favorite seasonal delicacies … and follow these simple tips to support your overall goals throughout the holidays into the new year!
 
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