HCA East Florida - November 30, 2018

Check out these tips for eating healthy during the holiday season.

  • Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Make ¼ of your plate whole grain carbs (brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread)
  • Fill ¼ of your plate with a lean protein source.
  • Cut down on saturated fat (which increases cholesterol) and sugar (which increases your risk of obesity).
  • Avoid using the salt shaker. ¾ of the salt we need is naturally found in the foods we eat.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. Research shows that people who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to overeat throughout the day.
  • Cut back on sugary drinks (juices, specialty coffees, sodas) and alcohol. This provides excessive caloric intake which can lead to obesity. Drink 6-8 glasses of water to stay well hydrated.
  • Physical activity can help you to maintain weight loss or be a healthy weight. Being active doesn't have to mean hours at the gym: you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. For example, try getting off the bus one stop early on the way home from work, and walking.
  • Be mindful about the foods you put into your body. Making the healthiest options will help ward off obesity and disease.