Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays With These Tips

By Virginia Laird

For millions across the nation, staying healthy throughout the holiday season can be a concern. There are many who may find it difficult to exercise control over food cravings. I too can find it a struggle to avoid the desire to overeat and consume everything in sight when confronted with the beautiful food on the holiday buffet. Where this is a problem, health and experts suggest that there are plenty of things you can do to help you control your weakness to a variety of holiday foods, including: 

  • Use the tablespoon rule
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat light throughout the day

Use the Tablespoon Rule

Health and wellness experts advise that following one simple rule can help prevent packing on too much weight during the holiday season. If your buffet is anything like mine, it is a never-ending display of unhealthy foods. While all of this food is delightful, it cannot be consumed limitlessly. For this reason, experts suggest that you choose to consume only one tablespoon serving of each dish that suits your taste buds. This can allow you to enjoy the same holiday meal that you have looked forward to all year while watching your calorie consumption.  

Drink Plenty of Water 

Professionals advise that staying properly hydrated can help prevent weight gain. Some believe that when the body seems to be starving, often times it is due to a lack of hydration, rather than a need for food. Most research suggests that you should consume at least half of your bodyweight in ounces each day in order to maintain proper hydration. If you have been falling short of this goal, now is the time to begin taking control of your water consumption right away. 

Eat Light Throughout the Day

Many experts suggest that as you prepare to be surrounded by the extensive holiday buffet, it can be helpful to snack lightly throughout the day. This can help prevent your body from starving when the "big meal" is ready to be served. Experts advise that eating light includes adding plenty of veggies and lean proteins while avoiding too many desserts. Save the calories from your sweet treat for the delicious pies and goodies that will grace your table this holiday season.

Now you are ready to enjoy your holidays surrounded by great food and have the ability to avoid overeating. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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