Healthy Holidays Tips

Preparation. Food prep, that is.

“As you are preparing your holiday meal, look for salt alternatives to include in your favorite dishes,” Lawrence said. He advises using herbs and spices as a substitute for salt to pack even more flavor. You can also remove the saltshaker from the dinner table to avoid temptation.

Portions. This is the time of year when we look forward to indulging most. Use a small salad plate rather than a full-size dinner plate to help you scale down your helpings. “Rather than denying yourself completely, approach a holiday meal as if you are there to sample your favorite dishes,” Lawrence said.

Physical Fitness. The best tradition is a healthy tradition. Kick off your day with some type of physical activity to start your day on a healthy note. You might also take an after-dinner walk with family to look at holiday lights.

These tips can help you to maintain a healthy blood pressure not just during the holidays but can be useful throughout the year. For most people, a normal blood pressure should be 120/80 or less. Knowing how to get the most accurate blood pressure reading helps ensure the most appropriate treatment. In addition, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, eating healthfully, and reducing or eliminating alcohol and tobacco will help with blood pressure control.

If you do develop high blood pressure, work with a health care professional to manage it and stay healthy all year long.