While many get back to their regular exercise regime after the holidays, you can still take some very basic steps everyday and by that I mean…WALK. Park farther away, take the stairs, go for a walk after eating but WALK!
Obviously, this is also a time of year when people not only overindulge in food but also with drink. It should go without saying that, if you must drink, do so responsibly. And, you can stop early, you can say no and what a great opportunity to up your water intake.
Get sufficient and restful sleep. Overindulging and late nights tend to go hand in hand. Research tells us that 7 hours of sleep per night is optimum so do your best to get both sufficient and quality restful sleep.
If you are to sleep well, avoiding too much caffeine is also a good suggestion. Not only is it present in coffee and cola drinks but it is also found in chocolate and many over-the-counter pain relievers.
For many, this is the BLUE holiday season and I don’t mean because they are cold. Holiday stress and the holiday blues are not uncommon. If your emotions are negatively affected this time of the year, you might want to try adding a daily supplement of omega-3 and/or vitamin D to your diet. Or increase your intake of foods rich in omega-3s, such as fish, flaxseed, and walnuts.
Plan past the holiday season. January is a time for renewal, focusing forward and changing how we treat ourselves. You do not have to wait for January…you can plan your next year this year.
Just one more idea and, while it may sound a little goofy, it is a good suggestion. If you are at a party with a lot of tempting food, try to start with healthy vegetables and salads. These will fill you up and reduce the temptation to over-indulge on high-fat, high-calorie foods. Just a taste of your holiday favorites should satisfy your taste buds. And, just because it’s the holiday season, all the lifestyle rules for good health don’t have to go out the window. Make conscious choices.
From our families to yours…
We wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.
Please accept our thanks for being part of our lives and allowing us to be a part of your lives…We feel truly blessed!!