Healthy Holiday Tips
Jeremiah Gums, M.D. Internal Medicine
When the holidays come around it's always a good idea to be realistic.
A lot of people want to lose weight but the holidays are a difficult time to do that, so it's probably more realistic to just focus on trying to maintain your current weight.
What can I do to offset the holiday eating?
Emphasize exercise, get maybe 15 minutes of a walk in either twice a day or once a day, whatever you can afford, just anything that goes a little bit above and beyond what you normally do.
How do I avoid over eating at a buffet style dinner party?
Plan ahead! Survey before you start filling up your plate to get an idea what's all available.
You want to make sure that you're eating the foods that you actually enjoy and not necessarily something just because it's on your plate.
It's also a good idea to eat until you're satisfied and not stuffed.
How do holiday cocktails interfere with a healthy holiday?
It's important to remember that alcohol has calories as well, and so a lot of times we are focused so much on the foods that we eat, that we forget about the calories that we're drinking.
There's 89 calories in a glass of wine and so that adds up over time. We can still have a drink around the holidays but drink responsibly.
It's possible to celebrate the holidays without packing on the pounds. Dr. Jeremiah Gums, Internist with Boys Town Internal Medicine, provides healthy holiday tips on how to offset holiday eating, how to avoid overeating and how holiday cocktails can contribute to holiday weight gain.