The challenges we face to maintain good health habits become more aggressive during the holidays.
More time is spent eating and entertaining ourselves with family and friends, and less time is geared toward continuing the routine exercises and paying close attention to eating lesser calories and our salt intake as well as, eating smaller portions of food, during the holidays.
Eating unhealthy snacks between meals, and replacing water with pop and other beverages that are high in calories, can become a challenge to resist, while vacationing during the holidays. Cooking during the holidays can create a challenge. Over-sampling the food while preparing holiday meals is a weakness. The challenge to resist the temptation to eat a meal rather than a sample is aggressive.
To maintain good health habits during the holidays, we have to face each of our weaknesses and learn how to control our eating habits.
- Continue to do as many exercise routines as possible
- Eat smaller portions of food
- Drink more water
- Avoid salty foods
- Monitor the calorie counts
- Include fruits and vegetables in the holiday meals
Salty foods along with other seasoning used in foods, are tasty and enjoyable to the taste buds; making it easy to become addicted to them, while they present a challenge to our health. To deal with these challenges we have to face them and find the strength within ourselves to resist the temptation to yield to them, and maintain good health habits.
Written by Ellen J. Barrier
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