STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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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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This is the perfect time of year to appreciate the wonderful gift of health. Enjoy it and make the extra effort by committing to being healthy – now and all year long.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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fruits have natural sugars that can crush your desire for other sweets. Fruits and vegetables can be used to make pretty centerpieces for holiday celebrations, and they make great snacks.


• Control your portions. Be conscious of how much food you place on your plate and pass on the second helping. Eat smaller portions and eat less often. There are always more opportunities to eat during the holidays.


• Avoid sugary drinks; they are full of unnecessary extra calories. Choose water and low-calorie or unsweetened drinks instead.


• Choose indulgences wisely. Browse the food options first and only select the ones you really want. Your indulgence should be something specially made or unique to this season.


• Get up and get active. Bundle up and go outside to enjoy some fun outdoor family activities. Exercise can reduce holiday stress and prevent weight gain. Increasing physical activity helps keep your metabolism going, allowing you to digest and burn more calories, and it can offset the increase of your holiday appetite as well.

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.


One important thing you can do is try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your main meals. Adults who receive less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day should consume one and a half to two cups of fruit daily and two to three cups of vegetables daily, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individuals who exercise regularly should consume even more fruits and vegetables. However, CDC studies have found that only 13 percent of adults in the United States consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. You can create many different meals to get them. Here are a few tips to promote healthy eating during the holidays:


• Bring a healthy dish to gatherings. The party host will be grateful for your help, and some party guests will appreciate a healthy option.


• Keep your plate balanced by filling half with fruits and vegetables. Vegetables fill you up and make you less likely to overeat while