For Baby Boomers and seniors, holiday eating can be tricky to navigate if you’re concerned about your wellness. But sticking to a healthy routine during this time can keep both your energy and “jolly” spirit up. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay fit:
• Avoid going to parties hungry to prevent overindulging. Fill up before you go by eating a small snack with protein and fiber (try celery with peanut butter or a fruit and yogurt parfait topped with walnuts) and lots of water.
• When dishing up food at the buffet table, remember these guidelines: half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruit, one-quarter with whole-grains and one-quarter with lean protein. Pick up small portions and eat slowly.
• Liquid calories add up quickly! Drink with care–eggnog, punch and sugar-based alcohol mixers are high in calories, sugar and sometimes fat.
• Watch out for rich cakes and cookies that are high in fat and sugar. Instead opt for seasonal fruits like pomegranates and clementines, crustless pumpkin pie or choose a small serving of your favorite dessert.
• Be careful with appetizers as they are often deep-fried and sodium-filled. Choose a piece of cheese with a whole-grain cracker or fresh fruit to stave off the pre-dinner munchies.
• Get out of the kitchen as much as possible! Enlist the help of a trusted guest, then go out to mingle or walk around outside for a few minutes!
• Plan in some physical activity. Find downtime during meal prep and clean-up to re-connect with friends and family while: strolling through the local parks, window shopping your favorite malls or chatting during the halftime show.
• Get back to your regular eating and exercise routine as soon as possible. You may miss some sleep and gain a few pounds, but take back control of your life by starting up your wellness habits as soon as the holiday dust has settled.
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