7 Easy Tips to Stop Overindulging in Holiday Food

One of the best parts of the holidays is enjoying festive foods.  Year after year, we overindulge, gain holiday weight, and promise ourselves to lose it in the new year.  Do not waste your New Year’s resolution on holiday weight.  Dedicate yourself to eating healthy for your heart and your body this holiday with these easy tips.

  1. Do not skip your favorite holiday treats.  Completely abstaining makes cheating more tempting.  Instead, be mindful of how much you eat and enjoy in moderation.
  1. Mindlessly munching while distracted with holiday cheer leads to weight issues and obesity.  Be mindful when you snack.
  1. Mindful portion control is a small change that makes a big difference.  
  1. Plan your snacks.  Look for foods high in fiber and around 200 calories per serving, like peanut butter or bananas.
  1. Slow down.  Enjoy your meal by savoring each bite.  Slowing down allows your body to tell your mind when you are satisfied.  Stop eating before you are overly full.
  1. Stay hydrated.  Water is beneficial for your heart and overall health.  Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
  1. When available, avoid the junk food and choose the healthier option.

Holiday overeating is common and increases the risk for cardiac problems.  Being conscious of your eating habits will go a long way for your heart health.  The doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. care about your heart health and will gift you with guidance for the healthiest holiday eating.

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