It’s the time of the year where we see houses adorning colorful stars, tall Christmas trees and captivating decoration filling every branch of the tree. Children are gearing up for their winter vacations and youngsters are planning with all their might for welcoming the New Year with sleepless nights and endless dinner treats. Amidst all this one must always remember to sail through the holiday season in good health and enjoy it in style. Ensure the following tips to enjoy your holidays:
Cook food safely: Festive seasons and dinners are never short of tasty treats and delightful dishes that fulfill our taste bud requirements. There are also aplenty chances of food poisoning and it is better to wash your hands and surfaces before and after preparing food, avoid cross-contamination, use a food thermometer to check internal temperature of foods and refrigerate foods as soon as possible to avoid spoilage.
Wash hands often: Cold and cough are having their time of life now and it is essential to practices hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
Don’t drink and drive: Take 100% precaution to avoid driving after drinking whosoever it might be-either yourself or someone you know. Any person drinking and driving puts not only his/her life at risk but also everyone in the road in a danger situation.
Pick and choose healthy food: Fill your plate with plentiful of fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients and help in lowering your risk of diseases. Avoid eating oily foods or those high in salt, sugar and fats. There are various healthy options to choose from while planning for a holiday party and for a list of these options please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Accommodate exercise whenever possible: You might be on a holiday but exercising needs no vacation. Ensure to achieve your required 150 minutes of weekly physical activity and also see to that kids get their daily share of 1 hour a day of activity. Make it family-based by going for a walk after dinner, playing a game of football post lunch or taking up badminton during your free time.
Fasten seat belts: It might be to your friend’s house across the road but ensure to buckle up your seat belts as well your kids’ however short the trip might be to ensure safety.
Keep an eye on the child: It might be a family get together or friends outing. While the adults have fun on one side the kids are busy with their own games and toys on the other side. It is always recommended to keep an eye on your little ones and keep dangerous toys, food, household things and other such objects out of the child’s reach. Also, never allow them to go to the swimming pool or the nearby pond all by themselves.
Don’t smoke: Smoking might be an enjoyable affair to you, but should it have a gruesome effect on your loved ones around too? Don’t let the smoke disturb your health as well as the health of loved ones around. Refrain from smoking.
Holiday stress might bring out the worst on you: Each of us need a well-deserved break and holidays offer the perfect opportunity to fulfill this wish. But people get overstressed during holidays too seeing to last-minute arrangements, late-night partying, haphazard sleeping routines and change in food habits. Take a break when you feel that way and reconnect yourself to the inner self by finding a support group, interacting socially and getting sufficient sleep.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.