Combat Holiday Weight GainIt is no secret, there is a correlation between being overweight and risk factors for developing venous disease. Holidays are a time of year when it is easier than not to pack on the extra pounds. WebMD suggests the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season and those pounds typically stick around year after year becoming permanent baggage. Stop and think about how that adds up over the years! Here are a few tips to avoid the unwanted gift of added pounds this holiday season:

  • Bring a healthy option to the work or family potluck. Find a healthy recipe option for the traditional holiday dishes packed with whole food ingredients. Check out Elite Skin & Laser Center on Pinterest ¬†for some delicious options.
  • Go heavy on the fruits and vegetables. Opt for simple vegetable and fruit dishes instead of heavy, cream filled dishes so you will fill up on healthy fiber and not empty calories. Worried about the cost? While fresh is always better, during the winter when most items are out of season, it is ok to opt for frozen items.
  • Drink more water. It is always a good tip to drink a full glass of water prior to a meal. This will help you feel more full and avoid overeating.
  • Take the family on a walk after the meal and in between presents. Everyone can benefit from a little physical activity especially when warding off the holiday calorie intake.

Reduce your risk factors for developing venous disease by being conscious of situations that might cause you to overeat. Incorporating a diet of whole foods and regular physical activity will do wonders in how you feel overall and reducing your risk for a number of health conditions. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!