Want to stay healthy this festive season?
According to Cancer Council Queensland, Gold Coasters should be trying to feast to feel good, rather than full or fatigued this Christmas.
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Here are a few fail-safe tips to get you kick-started on a healthy countdown to Christmas:
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Be a giver of healthy gifts:
• Healthy cookbooks, exercise equipment, massage vouchers
• Sports equipment – bikes, skipping ropes, boxing gloves
• Active experiences – gym memberships, vouchers for kayaking or sailing
Watch that extra Christmas pudding:
• Have healthy food (vegie sticks, low fat dips, fruit) available among the goodies
• Avoid over-eating by opting for smaller portion sizes, leftovers are just as good the next day
• Limit the amount of alcohol consumed – healthy adults should have no more than two standard drinks per day, with alcohol-free days during the week
Crack out the cricket set:
• Challenge the family to a game of backyard cricket, tennis or soccer
• Play some water volleyball, and cool down with a swim
• Stay SunSmart – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when outside[/signoff]
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the festive season was a time many Queenslanders admitted to over-indulging on food, gifts and alcohol.
“Too often, we allow the festive season to disrupt healthy eating and exercise habits we’ve incorporated into our everyday routine,” Ms Clift said.
“Failing to watch our portion sizes leads to overeating, which increases the risk of being overweight or obese.
“Our state has the highest rates of both adult and child obesity nationally, with 65 per cent of adults and 28 per cent of children weighing in as overweight or obese*.
“While the festive season can present itself as a challenge to those trying to maintain or lose weight – with the influx of parties, leftovers and special celebratory recipes – it can be done.
“Be mindful when it comes to eating, prepare for bad influences and think about healthy alternatives.
“Simple tactics like not arriving to an event with an empty stomach, preparing for bad influencers and learning to say no can go a long way in ensuring festivity this season.”
“It only takes a few small changes to look after the health of yourself, friends and family, and it’s easy to live well once you get into the habit.”