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Enjoy your Holiday, but do everything in moderation

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By Lilian Wangare

 

We are all now in the holiday mood. Christmas and New Year celebrations are here with us.  The holiday is a time to have fun, relax, reflect, eat, drink and make merry with friends and family. It is a fact that food and drinks always take a centre-stage during the Holiday season. If you care about your health, be mindful of what you eat so that you avoid adding too much weight or compromising your health.

 

During the holiday season, we tend to eat a lot more than we always do. Here are a few tips to help you ensure you eat healthy.

 

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1) Do not skip a meal

 

In preparation for a big holiday party or feast, do not skip meals throughout the day as this may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast in the morning as it will help you consume a lot less throughout the day.

 

2) Include lots of fibre in your breakfast by eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

 

Foods with high fibre help with digestion and help you get full easily. For example, having a yogurt, a smoothie with some cereals, and fruits is good for your health.  You can also try coconut water or fruit juices which are very good for your body as they keep you hydrated.

 

3) Do everything in moderation.

 

Don’t eat everything that has been served.  Take small portions. Eat and drink in moderation.  Avoid taking too much alcohol, Nyama Choma or sleeping too much. It’s true a good night’s sleep is essential for health. But oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of death.  Too much of everything is dangerous to your health. Remember you only have one body. One life. So take care of it.

 

 

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

 

 

 

 

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