Top Myths About Health Around the Holidays

Are you someone who finds it hard to fully enjoy the holidays because of all the potential health hazards that come along with this festive time of year? Holiday parties rife with high-calorie treats, sugary foods and drinks, and way less activity during the cold months are all possible ways to gain weight and just feel more sluggish in your body. But the truth is, many anxieties about health around the holidays are really just myths.

Sugar makes kids hyperactive

While you might have a preconceived notion of sugar’s effect on your kids, you might want to think twice about it. Sugar doesn’t actually make kids hyperactive, as many people think. But that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy for them to consume in large quantities. Sugar still leads to cavities and other health problems, so make sure your kids are visiting their dentist throughout the holidays.

You’ll get fat during the holidays

Find yourself struggling to navigate holiday parties without the fear of gaining weight? Wintertime can often be full of unhealthy temptations in the form of cakes, sweets and other calorific options, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to gain weight. Your body would need to store an extra 2,000 calories per week to add on just one extra pound. Not many desserts are going to pack that much punch, so let yourself indulge a bit!

 

There are no healthy options at holiday parties

If your experience is that holiday parties are filled with carb and sugar-heavy options, there’s no one better suited to change that trend than you! Be the person who brings a healthy option to share at your next holiday party. You can create a fruit salad or veggie tray to share or bake a casserole using lots of veggies as a base. Others will love the healthy options and probably ask for the recipe!

Late-night eating is bad for you

During the holidays, you might find your fridge filled with delicious and tempting leftovers from the holiday feasts. Pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce are just too good to pass up as a midnight snack, right? Well, drop the guilt because you’re not actually going to get fat after eating late at night. Weight gain happens as a result of calories in over calories out – so just make sure you balance out the rest of the day and you’ll be fine.

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