Eating healthy during the holidays

Paul Wernes, Travel Editor

During the holidays it can be easy to eat an excessive amount of food, however there are ways to stay healthy.

According to a study done by the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American’s weight increases by 0.4 percent over Christmas and 0.2 percent over Thanksgiving. In total, that amount adds up to around one pound gained during each holiday season.

“I have my meals planned out for the week. This helps me stay in shape during the holidays because it is very easy to eat an unhealthy amount of food,” said Jayden Bahora, a junior.

In order to keep a healthy living style, experts from WebMD, working out only contributes to 20 percent of healthy living while eating or dieting contributes 80 percent of staying healthy. During the holidays it is easy to lose track of what is being eaten because of all of the big dinners and family gatherings.

“I work out so it is easier for me to stay fit. I also eat very well and have my calories written down. I keep track of what I consume so I can stay healthy,” said Bryer Bennet, a junior.

Keeping physically active is another way to stay healthy during the holidays. Eating the correct foods and training body is very important when it comes to being healthy.

“Most people eat a lot on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. In my opinion, as long as you eat healthy during the rest of the holiday season, it is easy to stay in shape,” said Colin Mesenbrink, a senior.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. According to Heart and Stroke, up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.

“Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay healthy during the holidays. Making fruit smoothies are easy ways to get in healthy foods,” said Sarah Rose, a Nektar employee.

Add an array of colors to your plate and think of it as eating the rainbow. Dark, leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Adding frozen peppers, broccoli, or onions to stews and omelets gives them a quick and convenient boost nutrients.