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Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season


Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season

For many people the holidays are a cheery and fun time of year; for others it can also be busy, demanding, overwhelming, and stressful. Here are some tips for staying healthy during the holidays:

1. Make time for your exercise. Continuing to make time for exercise reduces stress and burns off the extra calories of holiday treats. If you can’t find a 30-minute chunk of time to exercise, break it into three 10-minute sessions spread throughout the day.

2. Think before you eat. The holidays are stuffed with sweets and rich food, and there is no doubt that ‘tis the season for eating. Try not to overindulge. Some tips include:
- Don’t starve yourself waiting for the “big meal.” Eat a healthy breakfast and snack on some yogurt, fruit, or other healthy foods during the day.
- Don’t drink extra calories. Limit alcohol, which is high in calories. Be careful of the calories and sugar in fruit punch, juice, and eggnog. If you cannot resist, have one glass, then follow with healthier choices such as sparkling water with a lime or lemon or mix a small portion of fruit juice in a glass of sparking water.
- Don’t deprive yourself. Completely avoiding the scrumptious dessert can make you feel deprived of the pleasure and are more likely to overeat another time. Instead, limit yourself to a small serving.
- Don’t graze multiple times through the hors d’oeuvres. Instead, get a small plate and select your favorites. Eat the healthy choices first such as carrots, celery, and other fresh vegetables available.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. A single day of overeating won’t make or break your long term road to maintaining your health. Just return to your usual eating plan the next day and leave your guilt behind.

3. Maintain balance. Stress is often worse when we are out of balance. Out of balance may be from too many commitments, a lack of sleep, financial pressure, worry, recent losses, or isolation. If you are feeling stressed, take 10 minutes to just sit and reflect. Don’t forget to breathe and visualize a peaceful scene. Just a short switch in energy will bring you back to balance.

4. Socialize with people you enjoy. Try to connect with at least one upbeat person every day that can help you feel positive and laugh. Laughter is good medicine.

5. Join or participate in something that has meaning for you. Volunteering to help others can give you a purpose and helps you feel good about yourself. Inquire around to find a “good fit” between your interests and other’s needs you can fulfill.

Your mental, physical, and social well-being comes before other’s demands for the holidays. Make it a priority to spend time with those people who you find fun and naturally encourage you to feel good about yourself.
For more information about staying healthy all year long, contact Densie or Vikki at Oakmont Gardens at 707-538-1914 or email us at