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Celebrate Good Times....

How do you Stay Healthy During the

Last 2 months of the Year.

Hi all! It is that time of the year! Candy, Cookies, Pies…Oh my! November and December have many reasons for you to veer off your normal health routine. The thing to remember is that you are in full control of your decisions which means you can have a great holiday season without sabotaging your health. Here are some of my favorite ways to maintain your wellness and manage your weight during the holidays.

1. At each occasion, take a few minutes throughout the event to pay attention: when you're eating sit back and allow yourself to truly enjoy your favorite holiday flavors; pay attention to the taste, aroma, and texture of the foods. This helps shift your mind to the present and to enjoying what your occurring eating and seeing and smelling.

2. Do smart swaps on comfort foods — There's nothing like a savory, rich soup on a cold winter day. Instead of making a calorie-rich cream or dairy-based soup or casserole, consider opting for a veggie soup filled with fiber-rich vegetables like spinach or reduced cream and or cheese. Switch out your heavy holiday foods for some lightened up versions.

3. Remember the good memories of those that passed by writing them a letter in or in your journal.

4. Pick one party a week, where you will ditch the extra veggies for a carb choice that is one you don’t consume have often

5. Pick one special cookie to eat at the party; this should be a cookie that you cannot buy at the store or online.

6. Focus on socializing instead of the food at the event.

7. You will have more energy if you stay consistent with healthy choices, ski better, shop with energy, have better workouts, spend more time with your cookies.

8. Hangovers suck, most drinks (wine, hard liquor, light beer) have 125-150 calories, by drinking more water you save yourself a hangover and a lot of calories.

9. Add more greens into your daily routine- to your smoothies, omelets, sandwiches, snacks and half a plate at dinner.

10. Eat healthy, stay active.

11. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases.

12. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar.

13. Increase your active aim for 150 exercise minutes a week.

Kate Glendon, MPH, CPC, CPS, CHES

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