We only have one body to last us a lifetime. This has become a repeating mantra for me through the last 15 years as a physical therapist focused on the aging population. My passion has become helping people to live their best lives by staying physically mobile and independent, and through improved nutrition.
Since the holidays are in full swing, many people feel a total loss of control and stress over their food intake and health, but a healthy diet does not mean total denial of our favorite foods. It just means learning a few tips and tricks that can make a big difference in maintaining our health and staying on track.
Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up – this will kickstart your metabolism. Try to make this meal low glycemic index with some protein. Don’t starve yourself until the big holiday dinner!
Eat small amounts every 3 hours – This will stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day instead of the large spikes and dips we get when we eat infrequently. It’s not just about what you eat but when you eat it. Over time less insulin produced inflammation and fat storage.
Drink at least 64 oz of water – This will help you feel less hungry and will keep your system functioning.
Fill up your holiday plate with smaller portions made mostly of protein and vegetables – You will then feel more in control of your choices when it comes to the breads and desserts.
Eat slowly and focus on the “reason for the season” which is usually friends, family, and gratitude. It’s not really about the food but about the people who we love.
We can improve how we feel in our bodies by starting with food. Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!
Dr. Emily Sanchez is a licensed Physical Therapist, practicing in various of settings of care since 2007 include acute care in hospitals, short- and long-term rehabilitation, and home health. She has teamed up with her husband, Dr. Marty Sanchez and the Desire Wellness team to provide healing through nutrition and weight loss. Follow Dr. Emily Sanchez on Facebook and Instagram