STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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The best way to provide this energy is through nutritious foods such as whole-grain bread, whole-grain breakfast cereals and fruit or low-fat milk.


The aim is to start your day with a breakfast featuring foods that are low glycemic, nutrient dense and high in dietary fiber. Your meal should also include protein. Some examples of healthy breakfast options include:


•  a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and sliced fresh fruit such as banana;

•  a smoothie made from fresh fruit and yogurt;

•  a whole-wheat muffin with low-fat cheese, baked beans or avocado; and

•  eggs on wholegrain toast with lettuce, tomato and onion.

Breakfast, the first meal of the day, is also the most important meal of the day. It helps provide an initial boost of energy. A systematic review concluded eating breakfast is associated with a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese and a reduction in the body mass index of children and adolescents.


Let breakfast rule your life. Keep these strategies in mind as you get ready to start your day.


Rule 1:

Eat breakfast daily. Skipping breakfast can have a negative impact on the rest of your day. You won’t have the energy you need to get going and keep going if you forgo breakfast.


Rule 2:

Have a nutrient-dense meal. There is a difference between energy-dense and nutrient-dense meals. Energy-dense meals are mostly carbohydrate based. Nutrient-dense meals have micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) and water. This will provide a variety of beneficial properties to your meal.


Rule 3:

Remember your vegetables and protein when preparing breakfast.

BREAKFAST RULES

CANDIDA KHAN

Candida Khan is a Staff Writer for Health and Wellness Magazine

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It is important to start your day by nourishing your body with foods from the staples (carbohydrates), protein and vegetable (dietary fiber) groups. Aim to include a variety of items from the different food groups.


Rule 4:

Eat within an hour of waking. This allows your body to change from a fasting to a fed state and reduces risks associated with prolonged fasting.


Here are some more benefits of eating breakfast:


•  helps you maintain a healthy weight;

•  provides energy;

•  provides essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals; and

•  improves alertness and mood.


Eating breakfast has been found to improve literacy and cognitive functioning, especially in school children. When you skip breakfast, you will feel tired, and that can affect your concentration. Your brain needs energy in the form of glucose.