10 Healthy Holiday Tips
With all the excitement of the upcoming holiday season, feeling subpar may put a damper during the much anticipated time of the year. Embrace these healthy holiday tips and live the season not only the healthiest, but to the fullest!
10 Health Tips for The Holidays
1. Keep Foods and Portions Moderated
Food is a large fixture come holiday season! From smoky ham, to buttery mashed potatoes, to chewy cookies, and to everything else in between, the rich food brings rich temptation! But rather than avoiding the food's attraction, add them onto your plate while practicing moderation. So, for example, instead of piling on various assorted cookies, choose which cookies you desire the most and not just eat them, but enjoy them. Portions can further be moderated by sipping on water, using small plates, chewing slowly and thoroughly, and sitting down while eating.
2. Practice Food Safety
In addition to making good food choices, practice good food safety. Reduce the risk of foodborne illness by washing hands prior to food handling, keeping surfaces clean, and checking for proper internal temperatures. Implementing these food practices not only keeps you healthy, but ensures the health of others enjoying the tasty recipes you have been anxious to share!
3. Stay Hydrated
With the efforts to keep good food practices in place during the holidays, good water intake may take the backseat. However, staying hydrated is as important as staying nourished. Achieving the recommended eight to 10 cups of water each day maintains and improves health in a number of ways, including heightening energy levels, maximizing brain function, and fostering weight maintenance and loss, all characteristics that supports health during the holiday season.
4. Moderate Alcohol
Holiday drinking occurs to celebrate and socialize with friends and family. But if drinks are not kept moderated (two drinks for men and one for women per day), you may compromise your holiday health. Exceeding the recommended intake raises the risk of dehydration, poor health choices, and may even put your life (or others lives) in jeopardy. As always, never drink and drive or allow anyone that has been drinking behind the wheel.
5. Catch those Zzzz's
Less than 60 percent of American adults achieve the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Add on the hustle and bustle of the holidays, catching those Zzz's may be an even greater obstacle. However, sleep is just as critical to health as a nutritious diet and consistent exercise. Increase the likelihood of reaching adequate sleep by implementing a sleep schedule, turning off electronic devices, and limiting caffeine consumption in the afternoon, evening, and night hours.
6. Stick to Routine
Well, to the most of your ability! Despite the lengthy to-do list during the holiday season, try to keep day-to-day tasks in sequence. Do you exercise each morning? Wake up and conquer that workout! And if time seems rushed, modify your regimen with these quick 10-minute workouts. But remember, some movement is better than no movement! Further routine maintenance may also include meal preparation, a set bedtime, or even a portion of the day dedicated to "you" time.
7. Warm Up
Tis the season for good food, company... And colds? The crisp, winter weather is largely, and evidently, shown to instigate the common cold. If living in a colder climate region, stay warm in the chilled atmosphere, dressing for the weather and bundling up in accordance. Defeat the chilled air by utilizing these seven scientific tips for staying warm.
8. Get Check-Ups and Vaccinations
Keep health on the forefront by staying proactive. Frequent check-ups and staying up-to-date with vaccinations can prevent illness or health conditions further down the road. Confine with a healthcare provider to determine recommended vaccines associated to age, travel destinations, and medical and health history. Keeping health insurance cards, a list of allergies, etc. on hand while out (especially if on vacation) can further provide valuable assistance if an accident did occur.
9. Manage Stress
Though holidays are not meant to be gone through stressed, it may be inevitable with heightened schedules and tasks. But instead of ignoring stress, manage it. Stress can be damaging to both mental and physical health, cascading binge eating episodes and compromising good immune function. Defeat stress with these five workouts, a full-body yoga routine, or with these guidelines to break the cycle of stress eating.
10. Forget Perfection
With family and close friends coming over to celebrate the holidays, you certainly want to entertain to the best of your ability. However, it is important to ditch the concept of perfection and accommodate to yourself, too. Though hosting a party or get together is admirable, it is important to remember the holidays are meant to be enjoyed be all. So rather than stressing over minor details, remember the major theme of the holidays: being with loved one and enjoying them together.
Nevertheless, the indicated tips do not stop at the holidays. Implement the strategies throughout all seasons to minimize illness and maximize health!