The time of the year has arrived when one festival will follow another. Of course, we all wait eagerly for the holidays and it’s a great bonding time spent with our loved ones, but at the same time this is also the opportunity for loads of festive and delicious foods around us. During this time period if we are not careful about our eating habits, we perhaps will end up stacking some extra pounds and a little less healthy by the time the festivities end.
With Halloween, the festival excitement begins and with trick or treat doing the rounds, everyone gets a big bunch of candies. It’s extremely important that we don’t eat a lot of candies at one time and as adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure the same with our children so that they don’t fall sick. Also important is the proper brushing of teeths at least twice a day.
Three weeks after Halloween is the time for the Thanksgiving holidays. A typical thanksgiving dinner is likely to include stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, baked green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy and a host of different kinds of pies and cakes. It would be nice if we could be a little more conscious about our portions on our dinner plate. A good way of doing it is opting for a smaller plate and we make a rough estimate that half of our plate should have vegetables or salad greens, one quarter could be used for a protein and the other quarter could comprise of some kind of carbohydrates. Try to avoid sweets or take a less amount of it and instead opt for fruits. Usually we would find a fruit platter with a variety of fruits. It would also be good if we don’t overindulge in wine and other alcoholic beverages. Holidays could possibly be a time when you can spend an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Less than a month after thanksgiving holidays, we start preparing for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Lot of gift exchange happens in the form of cookies, cakes and chocolates during this time. A healthier alternative, like maybe some homemade healthy dips, soups or salad dressings, packed in a decorative jar can be given away as gifts.
The whole idea of enjoying the holidays is spending quality time with our friends and family members and not just overindulgence on food and wine. A smarter way to enjoy the holidays is eating right, staying healthy and share happiness.
Holidays are also the time when many of us probably plan a trip at the beach or some other place. It’s very crucial for everyone to apply sunscreen when going out in the sun. Small children should always wear a hat when outdoors during the day when the sun is shining bright. Drinking lots of water is also very important. Usually we tend to feel less thirsty during the winter months, but we still need to have water and encourage the same to your children and restrain them from having sodas.
Another important part of staying healthy is regular washing of hands with soap and warm water. Every time your child’s hand gets dirty and before sitting down to have food, it’s imperative that hands are properly washed and cleaned. Also, if you have a sick child, it is better to not take him to any gatherings and instead let him rest at home. That will be better for him as well as others.
I am positive that if you follow these tips you will enjoy your holidays and be healthy at the same time.