Holiday Eating Tips Help You Stay Healthy
Published by Contra Costa Times
Posted on Fri, Dec. 29, 2006
By Gwen White
Don't wait until New Year's to resolve to be healthier. Start now because overeating is easy to do during the holidays thanks to all the tempting treats. The old saying "calories in versus calories out" holds truest this time of year.
Set some eating boundaries for yourself, and try to get some exercise in so all the food doesn't turn into fat. You can eat some of everything, but only a little of everything.
A balanced diet and active lifestyle not only help you maintain your weight, but also help control your cholesterol level.
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many serious diseases and health problems, such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
And don't forget children during the holidays. With childhood obesity increasingly becoming a problem, set some boundaries for your children as well and limit the number of sweets they eat.
Use the following tips to help you resist the urge to bury your face in the turkey and gravy.
Stress levels often increase during this time, and being physically active can reduce stress as well as burn some of those extra calories you are taking in.
You should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily (60 minutes for children). Make exercise fun. Be a little creative - take a walk with the family after meals or incorporate some stretching or some fun dance moves at the holiday office party.
Other physical activities you can do include:
More information on exercise tips, nutrition and healthy recipes is available online at Contra Costa Health Services' Web site or www.5aday.org. Recipes are available in English and Spanish.
Have a safe and healthy holiday season.
White is a health education specialist with Contra Costa Health Services Community Wellness & Prevention Program. Healthy Outlook is written by the professional staff of Contra Costa Health Services, the county health department. Send questions to series coordinator Dr. David Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more health information, go to www.cchealth.org.