Eat Healthy, Stay healthy – Quick Tips

The holiday season is in full swing and the CHOC Children’s Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Newport Beach reminds families to stay healthy!

The holidays expose families to:

  • more “treats”
  • more calories, carbs & fat
  • larger portions
  • less opportunity for exercise

Avoid excess weight gain by following these simple holiday tips:

  • Try to stay on your regular diet most of the time.
  • Limit portions of “high fat and high carbohydrate” holiday foods: try a small slice of pie, ½ cup of mashed potatoes and gravy, 1-2 Christmas cookies, or ½ cup of Egg Nog.
  • Eat more vegetables with meals and as snacks so you will eat less of the unhealthy” foods.
  • Take your own low fat & low carbohydrate dishes to family meals.
  • Avoid giving homemade goodies as holiday gifts to keep from excess sampling while baking.
  • Exercise more: try to have at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day during the holidays.

To learn more about the CHOC Children’s Endocrine & Diabetes Center or to schedule an appointment, please call (949) 631-2062.

Healthy Eating Habits for the New Year

I am the first to admit I indulge in sweet honey every now and again, but I am determined to eat better in the New Year and encourage parents to teach their kids about healthy eating habits.  Here are some simple tips, provided to me by one of our pediatricians, to get you started:

  • A child’s food portion is much smaller than that of an adult.  One kid serving should be about the size of your child’s fist.
  • Keep an eye on portion sizes for pretzels, popcorn and crackers, since the salt in these snacks can stimulate the appetite.
  • Instead of granola or energy bars, give your kids fruit slices, vegetables or string cheese.
  • When your children insist on cookies, chips or candy, give them the 100-calorie packs of their favorite snacks.
  • When it comes to soda, it’s best to “can” the stuff.  Did you know that one 12-ounce soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories, far exceeding your child’s recommended daily limit.  You can’t go wrong with milk or water.

I sure hope these simple tips will help get you and your family off to a healthier 2009!