It’s that time of year, and no matter what holidays you celebrate, for most people, it means weeks filled with extra eating, extra indulging, and extra stress.
As much as we love the holiday get-togethers with friends and family and the good cheer the season brings, it also takes a toll on our health. Cakes, cookies, and rich holiday foods and drink can wreak havoc on our immune system. This leaves us more susceptible to illness. So, what can we do?
It’s important to protect our health during this time of year. And it’s certainly ok to indulge at times if you remember to reel it back in the very next day. Don’t stray too far off your normal routine and you’ll give your system the chance it needs to bounce back quickly.
Tips for Treating Your Body with Care During the Festive Season
1- Drink plenty of water. Even in the winter we can dehydrate. It happens even faster when we’ve been eating heavily salted foods and drinking alcohol. In fact, a good habit is, for every alcoholic drink, drink a glass of water before the next one. And know your limit.
2- Get plenty of sleep. Holiday gatherings throw our rhythms off balance. Sleep in on the weekend if you can when you’ve had a week of business entertaining. Give your body some down time.
3- Eat nutritious foods daily. The more sugar you eat, the more your body will crave. So be sure to maintain a healthy diet when not celebrating so your body doesn’t start craving sugary sweets and treats. Especially when you know you have an event coming up. Try eating a salad beforehand so you won’t want to hit the buffet table like a hungry lion.
4- Don’t neglect exercise. We know your schedule is pact, but even taking a short walk is better than not moving at all. Cutting down the length of the workout is better than no workout at all.
Getting Through with Ease
Celebrate, but celebrate the smart way and you’ll be able to start the new year with ease… and hopefully the same pants size. ;-)Wishing you all the cheer of the holidays!