Eating Healthy During the Holidays
The spring holidays of Passover and Easter are here. These holidays are always about fun, family and of course food – people cannot wait for holiday time to eat and celebrate. It could be very easy to skip a day or two of your diet because you just cannot pass up on so much delicious food. Meadowlands Hospital reminds you to make healthy choices celebrations. Unhealthy eating is one of the main causes of weight gain so it is important to watch and learn about the hidden pitfalls these holidays may have on your health. So Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center has come up with a few ideas to keep you healthy during these holidays:
Portion control – Portion control is one of the easiest techniques to control overeating and unfortunately one of the most forgotten. Fill half your plate with veggies and the other half with protein and meats. The fiber in vegetables will fill you up and help you from over indulging in the unhealthy stuff.
Enjoy desserts and candy last – It may be tempting to have a bite of chocolate and cake before dinner starts – you should wait until the end of your meal. With all of the excess candy that you and your family have from Easter or Passover, it will be a perfect opportunity to share the sweets with friends and colleagues at work.
Buy healthy substitutes – Make sure your fridge is filled with healthy alternatives so you are not reaching for the chocolates first. Choose delicious, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Plan healthy snacks during the day – Make sure you never sit down to eat dinner on an empty stomach. This will cause you to over eat because you did not maintain blood sugar levels during the day. Snack on small portions of vegetables, fruits, nuts, low fat cheese sticks and crackers.
Just another day – Easter and Passover celebrations take place on just another day. It is not an excuse to cheat on your diet and overindulge on sweets and treats.
Exercise – Take a walk with your family around the block after you eat. It is a great and fun activity that will help burn calories from your meal.
Avoid alcohol – Please drink responsibly and in moderation. Alcohol adds a large amount of unnecessary calories to your diet. These hidden calories add up over time and become detrimental to your body weight and overall health.
Spread the wealth – Make sure you have plenty of take away containers to give to your family and friends filled with leftovers. It will help to avoid waste and your weight will benefit as well.
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center would like to remind you that the holidays are for family, friends and to make memories. Stay on track to avoid overeating and exhibiting healthy habits. Please do not hesitate to contact the facility at 201-392-3100 if you have any concerns or questions about your health and well being.