Put Your Health First: Eating and Exercise

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By Clinical Dietitian Carson S. Garoni, MS, RD, LDN, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Put your health first this holiday by committing to healthy meals and exercise. It’s important to plan ahead. For example, if you are headed to work or out shopping pack a meal and healthy snacks. This will help you avoid high calorie, low nutrient treats that might be available when hunger hits.

What to pack? How about a small/medium piece of fruit or small fruit cup in 100 percent juice and ¼ cup of almonds or other type of nut such as walnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Try an individual can or bag of tuna (water-packed) on whole-grain crackers. Or, bring along three slices of turkey breast on a small 100 percent whole grain pita with one to two ounces of cheese and 10 almonds.

Finally, commit to exercise during the holidays by scheduling time to exercise. Start a walking group and walk on an indoor track or at a local mall before stores open, do more chores, park farther away and get up and move for two to five minutes every hour if sitting all day. These are just a few ways to squeeze in some exercise.

Come back this Wednesday, December 18 for part III of Carson’s Put Your Health First.

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