1. Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute for things.
2. Eat high quality protein before events to curb hunger, and you will eat less.
3. If you eat more, then move more to burn the extra calories.
4. Try to pick the healthiest option at the events or take small bites instead of entire pieces of cake for example.
5. If you are cooking, substitute healthier ingredients such as stevia in place of as much sugar or replace some of the oil with apple sauce in baking.
6. Spend quality time with family and friends.
7. Reward yourself and others with something besides food.
8. Try something new such as taking the family on a walk—many are happening locally. There is one at Leitchfield City Park on Saturday.
9. Don’t stress over high priced gifts, the best gifts don’t cost a lot. Think about making your gifts.
10. Be aware of health conditions if you are giving food as gifts. Many folks in this community are diabetics or are trying to lose weight and don’t need gifts packed with sugar and calories.
For more healthy holiday tips, stop by the office on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for our Healthy Happy Hour. Feel free to drop in during your lunch break.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a less stressful time of preparing for the holidays.
Gay Fulkerson, MD, is a board-certified family physician and wound care/hyperbaric specialist.