Hello, PHP family! Dr. Tres Lowrance from Primary Health Partners is here to remind you that it’s entirely possible to enjoy the upcoming holiday season while still prioritizing your health and well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore some valuable tips for maintaining healthy habits during the holidays, straight from Dr. Lowrance himself.
Healthy Eating: Prioritize High Protein, Low Energy Foods
Dr. Lowrance advises, “When it comes to healthy eating, opt for high protein, low energy, meaning low carb and low fat.” The holiday season often tempts us with high-fat and high-carb foods. To stay on track, choose lean proteins like turkey, chicken, or fish and pair them with nonstarchy vegetables. This strategy will help you maintain a balanced diet, even when faced with tempting treats.
Reducing carbohydrate intake, especially refined sugars and starches, can help control your blood sugar, preventing hunger and cravings. This simple dietary tweak can help you avoid overindulging and maintain a healthier holiday season.
Stay Active with Simple Exercises
Dr. Lowrance emphasizes that every little bit of exercise counts. He suggests, “Even if your schedule is packed with holiday gatherings or extra work, make time for two simple yet effective forms of exercise: walking and home workouts.” A brisk post-meal walk with loved ones is an excellent way to stay active, enjoy the fresh air, and connect with family and friends.
At home, try bodyweight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats. These compound movements target multiple muscle groups and can help boost your metabolism. No fancy equipment is required – just your body and motivation. Dr. Lowrance recommends tracking your progress with a calendar to stay motivated and consistent.
Hydration and Stress Management
Don’t forget the power of hydration, especially when indulging in rich foods or alcoholic beverages. Drinking water can help you feel full and curb overeating tendencies.
Lastly, Dr. Lowrance reminds us to prioritize self-care and manage stress. The holidays can be overwhelming, and stress can lead to emotional eating. Make time for relaxation, deep breathing exercises, or meditation to keep stress at bay.
In summary, the holiday season is a time to celebrate and enjoy, and by focusing on high protein, low energy foods, regular exercise, hydration, and managing stress, you can maintain healthy habits throughout this festive period. By doing so, you’ll start the new year feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your health goals.
If you found this information helpful, don’t hesitate to reach out to Primary Health Partners. Our team would love to talk to you, create actionable steps, and help you stay on the path to a healthier you during the holidays and beyond. Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!