Healthy Eating during the Holidays

This coming holiday season, lets try to eat healthy and in moderation. Lets start by eliminating processed foods which is a major cause for obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
Holiday Food, Food, Drinks

During the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year, most people tend to over indulge with food and alcohol in celebration for this festive holiday season. Packing on the pounds with a lot of unhealthy foods and eating large amounts causes a lot of weight gain and then in the coming new year, they take out gym membership to reduce the weight gain as a new year resolution. Most times the resolution never gets fulfilled.

This coming holiday season, lets try to eat healthy and in moderation. Lets start by eliminating processed foods which is a major cause for obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. These foods are loaded with hidden sodiums, fats, sugar, and high fructose corn  syrup. For example bacon, contains high levels of sodium which can lead to high blood pressure. Most people find it delicious because it is loaded with saturated fats and preservatives which can lead to cancer. Also, using salad dressings which are loaded with preservatives that keep them on the shelf from spoiling are harmful to your body. Breakfast cereals are loaded with a lot of sugar that you find in the grocery stores, so you have to read the labels carefully or make your own breakfast cereal. Eating too much red meat, canned soups during the cold winter loaded with harmful preservatives, snacking on candy, cookies and cake and drinking sodas loaded with artificial sweeteners , all unhealthy foods for the body.

Start this holiday season as a preview to the coming new year by eating “clean food”  which means cleansing the body from the over indulgence of processed food, and begin by eating more farm fresh fruits and vegetables and eating an organic diet which would be helpful to your wellness. Have more whole grain product in your diet, and eliminate the added sugars, fats and sodium. It is a challenge for most people because these artificial ingredients  are everywhere in our diet, therefore the easiest  way is to cook more of your meals at home. It’s a lot more fun and healthier when you are in control of your own health and wellness.

For the Christmas meal, instead of the usual potato salad and macaroni and cheese, why not have a sweet potato salad excluding the mayonnaise, include more Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts all these vegetables are loaded with many healthy given nutrients, offering protection against cancer, prostate cancer, carrots which keep eyes and lungs healthy and many immune boosting nutrients. Instead of white rice and black eye peas which is eating during new years as a ritual for good luck, why not have the beans with quinoa. Quinoa is gluten free and is high in protein which contains all nine essential amino acids. It can be eaten as a salad with cranberries which is high in fiber, protein magnesium , iron and zinc. You can also have  it for  your breakfast cereal.

Start your holiday season and ring in the new year by treating your body to a healthy and happy new you. Health and wellness brings longevity to ones life, and as we grow older now is the best time to start anew.

Seasons greetings to all, and lets continue on the journey in making our planet free from harmful chemicals in our food.

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Sr. Contributor: Beverly is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition/SUNY Purchase as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Beverly practices a holistic approach to health and wellness... Change your diet Change your life.

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