Even though I am not even a little bit prepared for the holidays, I see daily reminders that they are quickly approaching. Just this past weekend, my husband and I had a wonderful night out at his company's Christmas party. It was held at an Inn with gorgeous décor and excellent food. The food might of been so excellent that I may of gone back for a second portion.
I know I am not alone partaking in some holiday overindulging, and that (overindulging) will likely happen quite often over the coming weeks. And, it's all going to be okay, I see no problem in treating yourself this time of year. We have a few tips from The Heart and Stroke Foundation to share that will keep you feeling your best right through holiday festivities and into the new year.
Enjoy a healthy diet. It's time to seriously take note of what we are putting into our mouths. Eat less processed food and choose from a variety of food. Load up your plate at least half with fruit and veggies, by doing this, it helps to lower your cholesterol and boost your fibre intake.
Cook and eat more meals at home. It sounds like a no-brainer, but, for a lot of families this is easier said then done with our busy lifestyles,and especially around the holidays. However, cooking at home allows you to be more in control of what you are putting into your mouth. Check out a heart healthy cookbook from your local library, or find delicious recipes to try at The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Eating out is a special occasion. Usually eating out results in consuming more food (salt, sugar and fat than you normally would). Save your eating out for special occasions only (like the company Christmas party). When you do eat out pick a restaurant that serves freshly made items, and one that offers nutritional information.
Strive to reach a healthy weight and maintain it. By keeping at a healthy weight you are doing yourself a world of good by reducing your blood cholesterol levels. You'll look and feel better, too.
One more thing you can do for yourself is to add Psyllium fibre into your daily routine. Psyllium fibre offers many health benefits as it passes through your digestive track. It's work is pretty impressive - psyllium fibre helps to remove cholesterol, toxins, and waste from the body. It also helps to lower cholesterol and promote heart health.
Bonus: Psyllium fibre is easily accessible in Metamucil powder. Canadians can improve their overall health simply by starting each day with psyllium fibre!
Disclaimer: I am sharing this post with my honest thoughts and opinions and will receive special perks for my participation. Please see your physician for any health concerns you may have.