The holidays are here with treats, meals, and parties. Take special care of your heart this holiday season.
Give your heart a holiday gift by making healthy choices. Taking care of your heart should be a top health priority at all times, and especially during the holidays when you’ll be tempted to overindulge and sit out on the couch.
Heart Healthy Holiday Tips
- Exercise: The colder weather doesn’t have to send you straight to the couch. Take advantage of the crisp air for outdoor sports or activities.
- Eat right: Choose whole grain options from rice to cereal to stuffing. Add vegetables to every meal. Get protein from fish and lean meat like turkey.
- Smart substitutions: Pie crusts are full of unhealthy fats and sugar. Go with crust less pie or angel food cake topped with berries. Sub in herbs and spices for salt. Fruit makes a naturally sweet dessert. Hummus is a delicious alternative to creamy dips.
- Cut down on sweets: Limit your sweet treat intake to just a small sample. That way you can savor the flavor without adding extra pounds that put stress on your heart.
- De-stress: Take time out from holiday obligations to just relax. Make it a priority to schedule time for yourself.
- New traditions: Get family and friends involved by starting a new tradition. Instead of a cookie exchange party you could do a pot luck salad bar or skip the meal and do something active.
- Volunteer: Helping the less fortunate have a happy holiday helps your heart in a sentimental way and those good feelings contribute to overall good health.
Regional Medical Center is looking out for your heart health. Learn more about heart healthy physical activity in our online health library. We can also help you start to plan your diet. If you have any questions or would like a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.