Is it possible to eat healthy during the holiday season?
Parties, lunch dates, social gatherings…at this time of the year it’s difficult to not have a calendar full of events and outings that involve good company, but also a lot of very delicious food. We all know how easy it is to get off track on a regular basis, but that is even more reason to pay special attention to how you’re fueling your body during the holiday season. This is especially important for seniors.
Some seniors must follow special diets, such as one that is low in sodium or carbohydrate controlled. Those who have dietary restrictions whether they are diabetic, have celiac disease or high blood pressure are usually quite conscious of what they are eating. However, we all know that it doesn’t take much to get carried away and overindulge.
The results of overeating high-fat, high-calorie foods often leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. Not a great feeling when you’re wanting to enjoy a game of cards, carol or visit with your family and friends.
Much of what we eat (or rather, what we don’t eat!) comes down to willpower. However, with careful planning and being more mindful of what we’re consuming, it is possible to sail through the festive season feeling energized and healthy. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track:
- Drink water. It’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water in your purse or bag for when you’re out and about. Sipping water while you’re enjoying alcoholic beverages is always a good habit. As well, finishing your meal with a hot cup of tea will help to make you feel satisfied and full, plus tea is full of antioxidants.
- Have fresh-cut vegetables and/or fruit on hand and even have a little snack before going out so that you’re not famished when it is time to eat.
- Be sure to include fibre in your diet by eating beans, lentils and whole grains. Fibre is important because it helps with digestion. If you’re not getting enough fibre in your diet, you can feel sluggish.
- Plan ahead. If you’re asked to bring a dish to the potluck, make it nutritious. Consider bringing a fresh salad or look for a recipe for a vegetable side dish.
- Try to be physically active every day. Jump on the exercise bike in the fitness room, participate in a yoga class, or find time for a walk.
- It’s okay to enjoy a treat from the dessert table, just don’t go back for seconds or thirds!
Enjoy the offerings that you’re fortunate enough to receive, however make an effort to be mindful of your health and personal well-being. All the best to you and your family in 2020!