The holiday season – beginning Thanksgiving and ending New Year’s Day – is a time for family, fun, and fellowship. Unfortunately, it is also the deadliest season of the year for fatal heart attacks, strokes, and other chronic health events.
During the holidays, many of us tend to stray from our healthy eating habits. We’re tempted by goodies filled with sugar and loaded with salt. And, let’s not forget about party glasses filled with holiday cheer. It can be tough to stop at just one glass when everyone around you is enjoying several.
Unfortunately, these binges can lead to disaster.
We tend to push healthy choices to the side during the holidays. You know it’s true. It’s hard to resist cookies, candies, and salty treats, so it’s easy to justify why we’ll have “just a bite”…but it rarely ends there.
Chronic conditions, such as pre-diabetes or diabetes, can be exacerbated during holiday binging. It’s easy to lose track of the number of nibbles you take each day.
Do you have high blood pressure? If so, too much salt is the enemy. You only need a tablespoon of sodium each day. Any more may cause your blood pressure to spike and lead to a heart attack or stroke.