Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: December 11, 2012
The holidays are a time for traditions, and for most of us, many of those traditions involve our favorite comfort foods. While this may not be the easiest time to take on a strict diet, this is a great time to be mindful of what you eat and introduce healthy habits to carry throughout the New Year. If you are hosting dinner this year, or plan to take a dish to the celebration, you have an opportunity to bring health to the table this holiday season.
To combat unwelcome holiday weight gain, the National Institutes of Health recommend an approach to healthy eating called the DASH Diet. DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to provide heart-healthy guidelines limiting salt or sodium, cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat. DASH focuses on increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables and fat-free or low-fat milk products and encourages incorporating whole grain products, fish, poultry and nuts into your diet.
As you’re reviewing your family’s favorite dishes and hand-me-down recipes, consider making some DASH-inspired modifications. We’ve rounded up these healthy twists on popular holiday dishes to get you started:
MASHED POTATOES OR POTATO LATKES
Once your menu is in order, round off your calorie-conscious table with these healthy hosting tips:
It’s not easy breaking the cycle of a food-focused, sedentary holiday. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying sweets in moderation. Take a moment to savor your grandma’s famous fruitcake if it just wouldn’t be the holiday without it. But don’t forget: it’s never too late to start a new tradition. And who knows? Your crustless pie or after-dinner cardio may just be one for the ages.
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The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of your health care provider. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to your health care provider.