Giving thanks and getting food—the traditional Thanksgiving meal is often accompanied by high-calorie appetizers and rich after-dinner treats. “I think the biggest thing with the holiday time is just the abundance and availability of all of the rich foods and all of the less nutritional things,” said Erika Graziani, an Outpatient Nutrition Program Coordinator with Lee Health.
Health experts say try to incorporate healthy foods into your holiday meal. “Plenty of fruits and vegetables, those bright colored foods, whole grains and beans and things like that, those are going to give you fiber and boost your vitamins and mineral intake,” said Graziani.
It’s also important to make time to exercise during the holiday season. “I think even if we focused on upping the exercise a bit, a little bit longer a little bit more frequent, that can sometimes balance out a few extra calories we consume,” said Graziani.
If you’re going to a holiday party, make sure you eat before you go. “I think for many people a mistake is they try to save up, so they don’t eat all day, and then they go to this party and their appetite is ravenous, so then you’re going to tend to not have much control. Have a little snack before you go, a handful of nuts, some carrots, and hummus and get something in your stomach before you go to that party,” she said.
Being mindful of what you eat and keeping your health goals in mind can help you maintain control over the holidays.
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