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Health-Conscious during the Holidays

November 5, 2013

With the holidays approaching, encouraging you to be thankful for things that you often take for granted, one thing that you need to be conscientious of is your health.

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The holidays tend to attack two of the most important facets of your health: diet and exercise. The wide array of foods and desserts while spending time with your family encourages larger portions, and often the time spent with family involves a lot of sitting.

To avoid letting your health slide, here are 5 tips for the upcoming weeks:

  • Concentrate on eating fruits & vegetables.

Make sure not to neglect, and possibly even increase, your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Some great fruits and vegetables to eat in the fall are:

-apples

-cranberries

Eat your fruits & vegetables!

Eat your fruits & vegetables!

-figs

-kiwis

-pears

-pomegranates

-beets

-brussel sprouts

-cabbage

-cauliflower

-rutabaga

-squash

-sweet potatoes

In addition, try to eat the fruits and vegetables as naturally as possible, avoiding spices, cheese, etc.

  • Be careful with portion sizes!

Read through our former blog about portion control to review what your portion sizes should look like.

Consider purchasing products that will help you avoid over-eating, such as the plate-topper, the calorie-counting wine glass, and a meal measure plate. These products will help you plate portions, feel comfortable stashing leftovers in the fridge, and keep track of the amount of liquids you are consuming, as well.

Watch those portion sizes!

Watch those portion sizes!

  • Staying hydrated.

A glass of wine contains vitamins and antioxidants that are good for you. After one glass, however, it is a better idea to switch to water rather than indulging in another glass. Drinking water helps you provide your body with the cleanest form of hydration and helps you avoid overeating.

Drink enough water!

Drink enough water!

  • Fit in the exercise.

It is possible to do group fitness activities, such as signing up for a 5K walk or run with your family, or playing a dance game on the Wii.

If it is not possible for you to exercise with your family, however, bring a yoga mat. Exercise for ten or twenty minutes before hopping in the shower. New to yoga? Bring your laptop, and try these videos from DoYouYoga.com.

You can also take a class at a gym – just make sure to check the gym’s schedule beforehand, and make sure to register, if possible, so the fitness personnel know people want to attend the holiday classes (otherwise, classes might get canceled)!

Yoga is a great form of exercise that you can do in a class or by yourself in your room.

Yoga is a great form of exercise that you can do in a class or by yourself in your room.

  • Take a walk after dinner.

Even fitting in small physical activities is helpful – suggest a walk after dinner with the family. You might end up with stimulating conversation in addition to some exercise, and maybe even start a new, healthy family tradition.

Family walks are a great way to bond!

Family walks are a great way to bond!

Please share your favorite health-conscious tips & tricks for the holiday season in the comments below!

Resources:

http://greatist.com/health/healthiest-fruits-and-vegetables-fall

http://www.fitsugar.com/Portion-Control-Products-23227273?slide=9&image_nid=23227278

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