Hampton Roads, VA – November is Eat Smart Month and while we promote eating healthy all year, we know the holidays can take a toll on your health if you don’t have a plan in place.
We believe you can be the best YOU by eating smart, moving more and making your well-being a priority. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays are over to get started! Here are 5 steps to take to make the healthy choice the easy choice, as well as fun and festive choice during the holiday season.
1. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables to give your meals, snacks and party dishes that healthy holiday spirit.
Try apples, dates, leafy greens, pears, pumpkin, root vegetables, sweet potato and winter squash. If you have a farmer’s market near you, walk or bike there for a bit of extra exercise.
2. Enjoy some of the special treats and splurges of the season without overdoing it.
Balance is the key. For example, if you’re going to miss your workout for a holiday event, walk during lunch or ride your bike to work. If dinner is going to be a feast, opt for a light lunch.
3. Commit to staying healthy during the holidays.
For example: “For the next three weeks I will move more and do something active every day, have a healthy breakfast and limit the sweets, and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.” If you don’t completely give up your healthy habits, you won’t feel like you have to start all over once the holidays are in the rear-view.
4. Eat smart at special holiday events.
They often serve up extra helpings of less-than-healthy foods. If you’re a guest, eat a healthy snack before you go to avoid overdoing it at the event. If you’re the host, challenge yourself to offer some delicious and healthier options using our recipes and cooking tips. Your guests will thank you.
5. Keep the family active.
When the kids are out of school, squeeze in some active chores and trips to the park. Break up the video game marathon with a physical activity break. Take advantage of cooler weather to get moving outdoors.
Find more ways to stay at your peak at heart.org/HealthyforGood
Eat Smart Month is locally sponsored
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Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.