Thanksgiving is just a week away and before you know it Christmas will be here. While we gear up for the holiday season amid such uncertain times it’s more important than ever to stay healthy during the holidays. Eating foods high in salt or sugar, lack of exercise and the stress of a pandemic could easily result in a spike of hospital admissions for those who suffer from illnesses such as congestive heart failure, heart disease and diabetes.
This year follow these tips and tricks to swap out some of your recipes with some heart healthy alternatives.
Along with being mindful of the ingredients in our Thanksgiving meal it is also important to eat mindfully. Now more than ever we have been forced to slow down. This is especially important when enjoying our meals. Eating slowly helps avoid overeating since it takes a few minutes for your stomach to communicate to your brain that you are full. A good rule of thumb is to take a 10 minutes break before reaching for seconds. An extra added perk of slowing down is that it can help us appreciate the flavors, food and company we are thankful for.
Exercising and eating right help keep our heart, body and mind healthy. You and your loved ones can stay active on such food filled days by opting for an evening stroll instead of a couch session right before or after eating your delicious holiday meal. Exercising can aid in digestion and can help keep you full longer (which means you’ll be less likely to indulge in a midnight snack after your holiday feast).
Staying healthy during the holidays includes eating healthy but it also includes remembering what the holidays are about. Spending time with loved ones and showing appreciation and gratitude towards those most important to us are equally important. While we are all celebrating a little differently this year, it doesn’t take a big gesture to remind someone how thankful you are for them. Call, text, email or video call those you are unable to celebrate with in person this year and spread the holiday cheer!
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