The holidays are a great time to celebrate friends and family, but rich food, busy shopping excursions, and parties associated with the holidays can knock your colon health plan off track. Fortunately, you can keep up with colon health during the holidays with these quick tips.
Tips for Maintaining Colon Health During the Holidays
Choose fresh produce over greasy burgers as a fast snack. It can be tempting to grab a hamburger for quick energy while shopping, but eating red or fatty meats can derail your colon health routine. Munch instead on fresh produce. There is quite a bit of fresh produce available, even during the winter, including Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, potatoes, and yams. Be sure to offer salads to your family and guests at every holiday meal – make it a holiday tradition!
Treat yourself to holiday snacks in moderation. Taking a few sips of eggnog or nibbling on a sugar-free cookie may prevent binge eating brought about by watching others eat at parties. Choose your favorite snack and determine how much of that snack you wish to eat before taking your first bite. Consider cutting the snack in half so that you can savor the taste and texture twice without exceeding the maximum.
Hold off on sugar cookies and other sweet treats. Bring sugar-free and low-calorie treats to parties so that other guests can improve their colon health as well.
Increase your intake of fiber, especially before holiday gatherings. Fiber helps you feel full, even after eating only a small amount of food, so you will be less tempted to sneak treats. Fiber is also good for colon health, as it regulates digestion and slows the release of sugar into the blood.
Ask the host of your dinner parties if you can supply the breads and rolls; bring whole grain varieties. This is the best way to be sure you have healthy options.
Snack on fresh vegetables instead of cookies and candy. While sweet treats provide energy, they can also cause weight gain that negatively affects colon health. Vegetables are a crunchy and refreshing to get a quick boost of energy, which is always helpful after a long day of shopping and celebrating.
Create a meal plan that helps you avoid grabbing a burger on the run or ordering a pizza. Decide what you will eat each day of the week then purchase the ingredients you will need to prepare fresh and nutritious meals.
Consult your doctor, dietician, or other healthcare professional to learn more tips about keeping up your colon health. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 770.730.0119 today to make an appointment with Virtual Imaging.