How to avoid
overindulging this holiday season
Halloween is just around the corner and marks the start of the busy holiday season. While this is a great time of year to gather with friends and family to celebrate, it is also filled with tempting treats, chock-full of sugar and high in calories and fat. But, take heart. Armed with some advice from our Women’s Heart Secrets Program clinical dietitian Jennifer Molt, RD, and a little will power, you can successfully navigate holiday goodies and avoid overindulging.
Halloween: Monitor your sugar intake
Any dentist will tell you sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s also loaded with calories, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Because excess weight gain is linked with diabetes, heart disease and other serious health conditions, cutting back on sugar is a smart idea for many people. But, limiting your sugar intake can be particularly challenging, especially as Halloween approaches.
Try these tips to reduce sweets:
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s: Avoid items high in fat
Indulging at holiday parties can do more than stretch your waistline: the risk of having a heart attack may be increased after eating a large meal high in fat and calories. With a little forethought, it is possible to enjoy the season’s many holiday gatherings and maintain your current weight.
Follow this advice to steer clear of excess fat and calories:
The bottom line on your waistline over the holidays is that with a little planning and resolve, you can enjoy the season’s treats without going cold turkey and depriving yourself of the goodies that make the season special.