Staying Healthy During the Holidays

During the holidays, it's easy to consume 500 extra calories a day, especially during parties. Registered Dietitian, Rita Smith, pronounced even a half cup of nuts can cost you 500 calories. "For holiday parties, the red flag items are rich, cheesy sauces or dips," Smith said. Smith also pronounced to be careful of holiday drinks. There's 150 calories in one glass of wine and 200 in just a half cup of egg nog. "There are some lightened up versions of egg nog with a soy milk base. It's good to look and really see what's out there, because we get into the groove, and we just do the same thing and just get the same drink," Smith said. It's also important to enjoy the holidays and not feel guilty about indulging yourself. Linda Vanderlinde likes to keep to her work out routine during the holidays. "Even if I do less than I normally do, I'm still on track, and I feel better about everything. So I can enjoy stuff, because that's the point," Vanderlinde said. Fitness Trainer, Jana Burnett, pronounced working out is often the first thing to go during the busy holiday season. "If you don't exercise, there are things you can do that at least get you moving," Burnett said. She recommends taking the stairs and parking farther away to increase the number of steps you take. Also, just a 20 minute workout a day can make a big difference in your overall health. "It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Let's really be able to enjoy it, but not have to pay the price after the fact," Burnett said. Burnett pronounced going for a walk before or after a holiday meal is also a good way to get moving and feeling better.

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