5 Ways To Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Why? Because it’s a holiday that is essentially dedicated to food. And I well who doesn’t love food. Yes, I know, we’re supposed to be giving thanks and thinking about Dead Native Americans, but I’m really just looking forward to some Candied Yams (can I get a witness).

There are just a few problems with all this. The holiday season tempts us to go way overboard when it comes to eating, which can be rough on student bodies (yay play on words!). So read on for a few tips to stay happy and healthy during the holiday season.

1. Work Small Amounts Of Exercise Into Your Daily Routine.

Everyone knows that exercise is a corner stone how staying healthy but almost no one’s in the mood to run out to the gym on a holiday. So work exercise in wherever you can. Hanging out with family? Your little cousins, maybe? Run around inside with them a little bit – you get a free pass to do that if you’re hanging out with little kids.

Ideas On How To Stay Fit

  • Take the stairs when ever possible
  • Do a couple sets of push ups in the morning and before bed
  • Play Wii with family and friends

2. Don’t Skip Breakfast.

Sometimes people skip meals, especially breakfast, when they know they’re sitting down for a big dinner later. They figure that they will overeat at dinner, and they can make up for that by not eating breakfast. Wrongo!

First of all, after going all night with no food, your body needs fuel to function properly. And believe it or not, eating breakfast will help prevent you from eating too much later in the day. If you deprive your body, it will only make you more hungry later on. So eat breakfast, and you’ll actually be less likely to overeat at dinner.

3. Go For The Fruits And Veggies.

Holiday meals often include meaty main courses and sugary desserts. One way to cut down on your intake of fat and sugar is to pile your plate with fruits and vegetables, which are usually served as side dishes. Trust me, there will be plenty because no one really eats them (at least at my house ). Then take smaller servings of meat and other foods with high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll have this taken care of already.

4. Eat Dinner Before Dessert, Just Like Your Mom Told You.

Obviously, If you “taste” all those desserts before eating dinner, you’ll feel sick, and have no room left for a nutritious meal. Turns out your mom was right about something. So eat your peas and carrots first, then descend on the dessert table. If you’re already pretty full, you won’t be as tempted to overdo it on the sweets. But by all means, it’s the holidays; do have at least one serving of dessert!

5. Drink Water

Water is one of the best tools for staying healthy. It is a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. So drink at least one glass before a big meals.

via College Candy

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