It’s November, the weather is cooler, the air is crisper, the leaves are changing…and we are on the precipice of holiday party season. During the holidays, we tend to eat out more, drink a few more unhealthy beverages than usual, get less sleep, and so forth. Let’s just say we don’t always make the healthiest choices for our bodies. We are here to tell you that it’s okay to let loose a little! The holidays are a time for family, friends, togetherness, and festive parties. We just want to give you some tips on how you can be a little more healthy during this time of year, while still having tons of fun.
Like we mentioned above, the holidays are usually not our healthiest time of year. After all the holiday parties, shopping and travel, we’re bound to get a little run down. This unfortunately puts our immune systems at risk, and makes it much easier for us to get sick1. We also sleep less, which can also compromise our immune systems. We are indoors much more during the holidays than we are during the other seasons, so we may be breathing the same air with others that are sick. Additionally, we socialize much more and are around more people in general, at family gatherings, office parties, and at the mall. This makes it much easier to pick up germs. Now, we’re not going to suggest you avoid human contact during the holidays, that would be crazy. But our Tip #1 during the holiday season is to practice good hand washing.
Tip #1 Wash Your Hands: It is extremely important to wash your hands after touching door handles, money, shopping carts, credit card readers…all places where germs can live. Try not to touch your face or rub your eyes. You’re always going to be around germs, but you just have to make it a point to be aware of them and take necessary precautions. Washing with soap and warm water is the best option, use hand sanitizers sparingly.
Healthy eating can be tough during this season. There are so many tasty dishes and scrumptious desserts…it’s easy to lose control. We have a few ideas and helpful tips.
Tip #2 Make Healthy (food) Choices: We aren’t going to tell you to skip these scrumptious holiday foods, but we do have some tips to help you stay a little healthier. First, start your day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein. Also, don’t starve yourself right before the party, have a protein-rich snack before you go, so that you are less tempted to overeat. Lastly, savor smaller portions of the foods you truly enjoy, and pass up the foods that do not really interest you. Bonus Tip: Something you can do additionally to help boost your digestive system is to take a probiotic that contains enzymes2. These enzymes can assist the body’s natural ability to break down fats, carbohydrates, and dairy into absorbable nutrients.
Tip #3 Drink Your Water: Drinking water is essential to keeping your body functioning smoothly, and it’s even more important during the holidays. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks for men3. If you know you’ll be having a few glasses of wine at a party, make sure and hydrate well before the event. Also, in between not-so-healthy drinks, have a glass of water as a buffer.
The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy with family and friends over food and drinks. With a little preparation, you can easily enjoy these celebratory foods and drinks mindfully, stay healthy and still experience everything this season has to offer.