Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and thoughts of all things “holiday” have begun to flood our minds: the excitement of seeing family and friends, re-living our favorite traditions, and the ever-important holiday practice – eating! The easiest decision in the face of this seemingly endless buffet is to go on a 2-month hiatus from every trace of health-conscious habitude you had prior. This is ultimately a personal choice; however, I propose you consider the road less traveled.
Why not make this year a healthier holiday? I have provided several ideas below for making healthier choices this season, applicable to both the office and the home.
1. MAKEOVER YOUR RECIPES
When preparing a dish for a work party or family gathering, consider researching a “lighter” version of the recipe to make ingredient substitutions that improve nutritional value. Many traditional full-fat, high-calorie dishes are easily made over without sacrificing flavor. For example, one Green Bean Casserole recipe from EatingWell.com skips the canned soup and all of the fat and sodium that comes with it by substituting a lighter, homemade white sauce. See the full recipe here.
Other helpful websites:
The Skinny Taste blog offers lightened up thanksgiving recipes, healthyholiday recipes and skinny fall recipes.
The Chocolate Covered Katie blog will help you find the perfect healthy dessert recipes to add to your holiday meals.
2. MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE
Free time is limited during the holidays, which makes us more apt to put fitness on the back burner. Exercise is important in easing stress and preventing weight gain, and can foster the motivation needed to consistently make healthy choices. Consider the following ideas for fitting exercise into your routine.
The holidays are a notoriously celebratory, emotional, and sometimes stressful time, and with food thrown into the mix it can be more difficult than ever to maintain self-control. Try these simple methods for eating smarter this year:
What are some other healthy tips you would add to our list?
By Morgan Benson, Customer Solutions Team Leader, Hon Company
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