November - Health Corner

5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Be a smart cookie by following these simple steps to stay healthy during the holiday season:

1. Stay hydrated. Water accounts for 60% of our body’s total weight, and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. Water is also necessary for several bodily functions, including maintaining our cells' fluids and delivering nutrients. Drink plain or infused water as often as you can throughout the day. If you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. Your body will thank you the next morning!

2. Eat mindfully. When you’re eating, sit back and allow yourself to truly enjoy your favorite holiday flavors. Since it takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m full signal” to reach your brain, it’s advisable to take a 10-minute break after your first helping. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds. Other than that, don’t attend a party on an empty stomach, as it makes you prone to overeating. As for the dessert, eat only one or two dishes you really love instead of sampling each and every option available on the table.

3. Choose healthy substitutes. With a few simple diet tweaks, you can indulge in your favorite holiday foods without adding unnecessary calories. For instance, replace sour cream with Greek yogurt in your favorite holiday recipes. Trade mashed potatoes with mashed sweet potatoes. And swap heavy dips like blue cheese dip or spinach and artichoke dip with healthy bean-based dips and homemade hummus.

4. Reinvent your holiday workout. It might be a bit challenging to make time for a full sweat session when your social calendar is packed. In order to stay motivated, plan your workout regimen around your holiday schedule. Instead of the usual 30-minute or 60-minute routine, do a 15-minute workout in the morning and evening or go for a 10-minute walk twice daily. Invite friends and family to join you.

5. Make time for self-care. Don’t let the holiday madness take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Whether you’re caught up in cooking, holiday shopping or socializing, don’t put your needs on the back burner. Take some time off to relax and unwind – go for a walk, meditate, watch your favorite movie, or read a good book. Do at least one thing every day just for yourself.

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