Keeping Your Health During the Holidays

Though it's the most wonderful time of year, the holiday season is also known for overeating and overdoing it! Many people lose track of their food, exercise, and sleep regimens as a result of the abundance of Christmas delicacies and treats, holiday meals and feasts, and celebrations that disturb their everyday routine.

Here are some suggestions to help you stay healthy this holiday season:

1. Keep yourself hydrated.

You can fulfill your daily target by consuming the recommended eight glasses of water every day. But there's more to staying hydrated than that. Our bodies lose moisture during the winter months, therefore we need to drink more water. Additionally, alcohol dehydrates you, so drink a glass of water every now and then if you plan on partaking in some adult beverages. Staying hydrated also aids in the body's battle against illness and makes you feel fuller, allowing you to eat less.

2. Begin your day with a nutritious, well-balanced meal. 

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While fasting or eating very little before a big meal or holiday celebration may 
seem like a good idea, skipping meals can lead to overeating. 
Pace yourself throughout the day to ensure that you are hungry but not hungry 
at mealtime.  
You can satiate hunger and ensure that you're balancing holiday 
indulgences with healthy options by eating fiber rich foods throughout the day, 
such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

3. Don’t deprive yourself.

Everything should be enjoyed in moderation. Don't feel bad about having a dessert, a serving of your favorite side dish, or that glass of wine. The goal is to balance out the holiday indulgences with nutritious cuisine.

4. Seasonal, healthful meals are a must-try.

During the Christmas season, there are plenty of healthy options. White meat turkey, for example, is low in saturated fats and a good source of protein that will keep you satisfied. Squash, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and other nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables are in season.

5. Continue to be active.

Don't let the holidays throw you off your workout program; stay active throughout the season! Exercise is beneficial to both your body and mind, so take a walk, run, or go to the gym, or participate in activities with your friends and family! Participating in holiday-themed 5Ks, going for a walk or hike, or playing a friendly game of flag football are all good choices.

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You can enjoy the holiday season while maintaining your health and wellness with a little effort. Have a wonderful holiday season!


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