The holidays are a busy time filled with celebration and happiness. But sometimes all the traveling, guests, parties, and food can wreak havoc on our wellness. Want to survive the holiday season with your waistline and wellness intact? Here are 5 Tips for a Healthy Happy Holiday Season!
1.) Be well, stay well. Winter is the most common time for cold and flu so be sure to wash your hands regularly and dress accordingly in layers for the decreasing temperatures. If you’re sick, prevent the spread of germs by staying home from work and other activities when you’re contagious. Keep in mind also that over stressing over the holidays can lower your immune system, which leads us too…
2.) Make time to de-stress. Whether you are working extra hours to make more money for gifts or attending more parties than you expected to, the holidays can be a considerably stressful time amidst all the celebration. The best way to combat holiday stress is to be mindful of your stress triggers and develop a plan to manage them. Feeling overwhelmed by all the party invitations? Only pick one party to attend. Got a family member from out of town that makes your blood boil? Take a ten-minute walk around the block and practice deep breathing exercises. Managing your stress during the holiday is essential because increased stress increases the stress hormone in your body which can cause cravings for sugary and fatty foods, which leads us too…
3.) Eat smart. When you know which foods help you feel and do your best, then you’ll be more likely to give your body what it needs versus what it craves from stress. This holiday, focus on eating lean protein, filling fiber, healthful fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Allow yourself some sweet treats in moderation remembering to fill up on healthy snacks before holiday parties to help keep indulgence in check.
The bottom line is that what you eat and how you feel this holiday season is greatly impacted by stress management. Taking breaks, eating mindfully, staying active, breathing deeply and avoiding over committing can go a great way towards a happy, healthy holiday. If you would like more information on how to manage your holiday stress or how to eat healthy during the holidays, please contact Right Nutrition Works today. We will discuss your health goals, uncover the challenges you’re facing, and help you create a healthier life for the holidays and the rest of your life!
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
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