Member Guest Blog: Five Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday
March is National Nutrition Month—Chamber member Talia Walsh of Quest Studio has prepared a series of member guest blogs to help other members discover new ways to keep healthy throughout the year! This blog is the fourth and final in a series.
Easter Sunday is right around the corner, which means holiday dinners, parties, and candy may be more tempting and available than usual! If you’re trying to stay healthy or watch your weight, traditional holiday foods may not be the best choice for you to help you reach your goals. In fact, many people don’t just allow themselves to enjoy one meal in moderation, but overindulge the entire day, if not the whole weekend! The overload on sugar, food and alcohol, lack of sleep and exercise , and stress can often times leave us feeling sluggish, and cause the scale to rise but also abuse our immune systems. So I’ve put together 5 “egg-cellent” tips to help you enjoy your Easter and stay healthy at the same time.
- Move Your Body. Late nights and sugar indulgences can cause your energy levels to drop, leading you to wimp out on your workouts. Even though your schedule may be full, be sure to devote time to being active to help strengthen your immune system, decrease stress and help keep off unwanted weight. Take the dog for an extra walk, do a workout video DVD, or get to a class to fit in 30 minutes per day or incorporate an Easter egg hunt to help the whole family stay active.
- Don’t Skip Meals, especially breakfast. Stick to a routine and don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Skipping meals can lead to you making unhealthy choices and overeating at a later meal. If your schedule is busy, plan ahead and eat a small healthy snack before the party so you don’t arrive starving. No excuses.
- Get Enough Sleep. People who are sleep-deprived are more likely to make unhealthy eating and drinking decisions which can lead to increased stress. Don’t overbook yourself with events. Try to stick to a routine and a regular bedtime every night, getting as much rest as you can before the party.
- Drink Water. Sugar and alcohol dehydrates us and can leave us craving more sugar. Drink lots of water, even bring a water bottle with you wherever you go to help stay hydrated and keep fuller longer. Stick to low sugar beverages or even bring your own mocktails.
- Try Healthier Holiday Favorites. Look to change recipes or swap ingredients for your family favorites to make them healthier or volunteer to bring a healthy dish or dessert to the party to have better options available.
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