6 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

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6 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Unfortunately, the holiday season can mean stress and weight gain. You already have a very busy life. There are literally dozens of things you need to accomplish on a daily basis, and many days start off with you completing tasks that were due yesterday. With all the planning, shopping, party hosting and attending the holidays bring, your already stressed mental state can become even more anxious.

Unfortunately, the holiday season can mean stress and weight gain. You already have a very busy life. There are literally dozens of things you need to accomplish on a daily basis, and many days start off with you completing tasks that were due yesterday. With all the planning, shopping, party hosting and attending the holidays bring, your already stressed mental state can become even more anxious.

 

Then of course you are faced with all of the wonderfully tasty, but not always healthy, foods that the holidays bring. Pumpkin pies, dressing with gravy, sugary treats, alcohol-rich beverages and other foods seem to go straight to your waistline.

 

Coupled with the busy holiday season, this means your mental and physical health can be impacted negatively. Keep the following tips in mind and you can make it through the holidays with enjoyable memories, and without unhealthy consequences.

 

Eat Before You Go out to Eat

For years, Dr. Oz has eaten a small bowl of soup before he enjoys dinner away from home. You can do the same, eating a small salad or a bowl of soup before heading to a party where you know holiday food is offered. This limits your caloric intake, as well as the amount of sugar you eat during the holidays.

 

Plan for Emotional Well-Being

Weight gain is not the only health problem the holidays often bring. You can become incredibly stressed due to any number of factors. Why not plan to feel stress-free, calm and happy this holiday season? Begin planning your holiday activities and celebrations well in advance. Shop throughout the year, instead of waiting til the last minute. Maybe there are certain individuals that really fire up your negative emotions ... avoid them during the holidays. When you take the time to plan your holiday celebrations, you improve your chances of mental health and well-being.

 

Think Smart Portion Sizes

If you try to absolutely avoid the holiday treats you love, you may not enjoy this special time of year. Take a slice of pecan pie, but skip the ice cream on top. Eat a few of your favorite holiday cookies. Whatever your holiday favorites, eat smart portion sizes and you won't regret these seasonal get-togethers and the wonderful food which is often a part of them.

 

Drink Lots of Water

The human body needs at least 1 gallon of water to be ingested on a daily basis for optimal health. Water cleanses your body of waste products. It helps oxygenate your body from head to toe. Water is also required for proper brain function. It delivers a 0 calorie dietary punch, and is an integral part of healthy weight management.

 

Be Careful With the Caffeine

Holiday celebrations often mean late night parties. This may cause you to reach for the coffee as a way to revive in the morning. Four to eight ounces of coffee is all that is recommended. Also, skip the fat boosting sugar and cream. Limit the amount of caffeine rich tea you drink during your holiday celebrations as well, opting for healthy green tea instead.

 

Understand What Alcohol Does to Your Body

The human body can function perfectly without one drop of alcohol. As far as a health problem associated with the holiday season, alcohol is a major culprit. Just 1 gram of alcohol delivers a full 7 calories. So your daily caloric intake is dramatically impacted when you drink a mixed drink, a glass of wine or your favorite beer. Alcohol also naturally reduces your body's ability to burn fat, and is sugar rich, another health problem you want to avoid during the holidays.

 

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