How To Stay Healthy During Holidays

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Everybody knows that with fall comes a lot of celebration, and it means a lot of cooking, drinking and dancing! As more and more commercials on tasty food hit our TV screens, we are getting more tempted to try simply everything that looks good. But are you really willing to take a break from your health diet, that you've been maintaining all these days? 

The celebration of holidays is an amazing feeling and I strongly believe everyone should take a break sometimes from our busy lives and celebrate wholeheartedly with the family and friends. Today, I would like to explain how to celebrate responsibly and keep your diet up-to par with all amazing holidays coming our way.

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To start off right, we need to figure out what are we cooking/buying first. So, to get things right, we need a good planning; things like fruits and vegetables should be a first priority followed by protein such as meats and fish. By thinking of greens first, allows us to strategically understand how to cook healthy meals for each occasion. For example you can combine mixed vegetables with turkey or fish with exotic fruits etc.  American Heart Association published a very well thought guideline on cooking/eating health for holidays, some of the suggestions include the following: 

INCLUDE
• Fruits and vegetables • Whole grains • Beans and legumes • Nuts and seeds • Fish, skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products • Healthier fats and nontropical oils

LIMIT
• Sodium and salty or highly processed foods • Saturated fat • Sweets and added sugars, including sugar-sweetened beverages • Fatty or processed meats — if you choose to eat red meat, select the leanest cuts

AVOID
• Trans-fats, partially hydrogenated oils and excessive calories

TIPS
• Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation. • Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans-fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils. • Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories. • Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served. • Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs. • Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients. • Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.

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A very important secret of staying healthy during actual holidays is to portion your food and staying active between meals. Try to have fun by "hitting the floor" show off your moves - why not??? or go for a walk perhaps, by doing so, you will prevent over eating and at the same time, it will give your body some time to digest your food.

Make your eating and celebrating habits healthy, it's all about your mind set and approach. Don't forget to keep it fun and always stay positive, it's holiday and you deserve the best! 

Do you have any healthy recipes that you cook on holidays? Feel free to comment below or simply share this article with your friends and family!