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The holiday season is here, which means good times with family and friends and lots of delicious food. However, food choices can be limited when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially when it comes to sweets. 

Since much of the holiday snacks are filled with sugar and other inflammatory ingredients that exacerbate COPD symptoms, you’ll need to find something else to enjoy. I know what it’s like to be tempted by holiday snacks, but I’ve learned a couple of things about resisting temptation. I hope what I learned can be helpful for you as well.

Avoiding Holiday Sweets During the Holidays

By all means, I don’t want to discourage you from enjoying the tastes of the holiday season. But when you have COPD, you have to be more selective about which foods to enjoy and how much you should consume. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or have been living with COPD for years, the following tips should help you get through the holiday season and avoid sweets:

  • Keep healthy snacks handy — Whether you’re traveling to meet relatives and friends or hosting others at your home for the holidays, you’ll want to keep some COPD-friendly snacks around for yourself. Almonds and walnuts are great choices. Greek yogurt with some berries is good too.
  • Make your own dessert — Great desserts are a part of many people’s holiday traditions. Just because you have COPD, it doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy dessert too. Your choices of ingredients may be limited, though, so you may want to make your own dessert. One classic, dark chocolate truffles, can be made without using added sugar.
  • Eat before you go — During the holidays, it’s more tempting than ever to indulge in a holiday spread. If you are unsure of healthy options, it may be best to eat a light meal before you go to a party or gathering. That way, you won’t fall prey to temptation.

Breathe Easier™ With AI2™ From Lung Health Institute

With these tips, you can equip yourself to be better able to enjoy the holidays, but there are more steps you can take to enhance your ability to breathe. For example, you could follow the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative (AI2) from Lung Health Institute. 

AI2 is a treatment option Lung Health Institute offers that can help reduce and prevent irritation and inflammation in the lungs. AI2 can teach you about eating lung-healthy foods and improving other areas of your life to help you Breathe Easier. 

Would you like to find out how AI2 can help you Breathe Easier? Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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