Here are some tips and tricks that I will be observing during the holidays to stay healthy. I encourage you to follow them with me!
1. Limit indulging
During the holidays, it is easy to justify overeating by telling yourself that you only eat a dish once a year. Instead of thinking that, save the recipe so you can make your favorite holiday dishes whenever you want! This way you won’t feel pressured to eat more than an individual portion. It is also important to give in occasionally and let yourself indulge in something you love. Pick and choose what dish is worth indulging in. Instead of eating a slice of pumpkin and apple pie, allow yourself to choose one or the other, or eat a smaller portion of both. Another tip that will help you to avoid overindulging is to pick special days or meals during the holidays that you will allow yourself to eat “cheat” foods, while remaining committed to a balanced diet on other days.
2. Boost your immune system
During the holiday season, our immune systems face several challenges including changes to diet, holiday stress and exposure to sick family members or coworkers. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, immune health is now more important than ever. You can boost your immune system this holiday season by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, getting lots of rest, staying hydrated and taking vitamin C supplements. Because stress weakens the immune system, self care is another important measure to maintain immune health.
3. Stay active
As always, it is important to stay active during the holiday season. Instead of focusing holiday celebrations solely on meals, incorporate activities such as a family football or a soccer game into your festivities. It is also important to stay active individually. Commit to a schedule of workouts that allow you to spend time with yourself, away from any stress brought on by the holidays.
4. Be mindful of alcohol consumption
During the holiday season, drinks flow heavier than usual. Be mindful of your refills, as alcohol significantly heightens your daily sugar and caloric intake. Alcohol also has adverse side effects for sleep, so make sure you are resting enough. Lastly, alternate between alcoholic beverages with a glass of water or club soda to stay hydrated and prevent hangovers.