How to Enjoy the Holiday Parties in a Healthy Way

It’s common for us to put off healthy habits until “after the holidays!” But, the Holidays are a great time to start on your health kick.

The holidays don’t have to be a time for carefree abandonment of gluttony. With a few of these tips below, you can have a great time without feeling like you are missing out.

  1. Indulge Without Overindulging – Relax. You won’t gain 10 pounds at a party. The average person gains only about a pound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
  1. Count your bites – Most appetizers are about 60 calories a bite, so 5 appetizers are about 300 calories. Just fill a small plate, once—so you don’t go overboard.
  1. Practice moderation (really) – Drinking too much may not just mean a terrible hangover. Around this time of year, doctors report seeing a spike in erratic heartbeats—dubbed “holiday heart syndrome.” It is more common among people who usually aren’t heavy drinkers but drink in excess for a short time. So just go light on the alcohol!
  1. Watch out for caffeine – If you think hot cocoa is a great idea at night, hold on to your marshmallows! Chocolate, even the powdered kind, contains caffeine, as do many over-the-counter pain medicines that you might pop at night to get a head start on a hangover.
  1. Don’t skip meals – Eat normally during the day, and be strategic at the party. Arriving starving can undermine your ability to select wisely. Don’t bother with things you don’t absolutely love. Splurge on something special.

If you can follow these tips without feeling like you are being cheated out of the holiday season, you’ll feel better and you won’t dread another invitation. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays. Well, that’s my tip for this week! If you want to know today’s mortgage rates, or have questions, please give me a call! I’d be glad to help. Thanks for joining me. Have a great holiday.