How to Have a Healthier Holiday Season
By Brandi Goodman
Being healthy should be on everyone's goal list as the year approaches its end. It's best to head into the new year with a health-conscious mind so you can set better goals to enhance your well-being. Start now by using a few tips that will help you have a healthier holiday season.
Keep Your Hunger Satisfied
Many people concoct large feasts to enjoy during holiday celebrations. Too many then allow themselves to go hungry all day waiting for guests to arrive and the meal to be ready. This practice is not healthy. You are far more likely to overeat if you haven't had anything in your system all day. Make sure you're keeping your hunger satisfied by at least grazing on fruits and vegetables throughout the day. It will help to keep your energy up as well.
Exercise After Your Meal
Burn calories, boost your metabolism, get help with digestion, and improve your mood after your large meal by exercising. It's too easy to let yourself sit down and get sluggish after you've consumed a lot of food. Doing this though will not do anything for your body. It's better to get up and get some exercise so you can get your digestive system working and keep your energy up.
Holiday drinks are aplenty. It's OK to indulge once in a while but you really should be choosing water instead of the many sugary beverages available. Skip the eggnog, punch, hot chocolate, and other holiday drink options and choose water to increase your energy. Infused water is a great option if you're looking for flavor.
Wear Form-Fitting Clothing
Do you have a pair of "fat pants" in your closet? You know the pair. You put them on when you want to overindulge. They're loose and comfortable so you feel like you have more opportunity to stuff yourself full. Get rid of these. You should choose to wear form-fitting clothing anytime you head to a holiday celebration where you know you'll be eating. Tighter pants on your waist will have you not wanting to eat as much. You won't be able to overeat without feeling uncomfortable. It's a good deterrent.
Enjoy the holidays in healthy ways. There's lots of enjoyment to be had all while thinking about your mental and physical well-being. It will ensure you have a good end to your year and a healthy start to your next one.
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