Tips for staying healthy over the holidays: The holidays can be a black hole of unhealthiness for many people, but it doesn’t have to be for you! Here are some simple, easy-to-follow suggestions on how to stay healthy throughout the holidays, and start the new year on the right foot.
Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season:
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Stay Hydrated: Drinking a lot of water is the single easiest way to prevent over-eating, boredom-eating, stress-eating, and all the other types of eating that have nothing to do with genuine hunger. Staying hydrated reduces bloating, aids in digestion, and as mentioned before, helps with portion control & unwarranted food cravings.
Help out your Digestive Tract: There’s nothing worse than tummy troubles during the holidays. Poor digestion can cause bloating, pain, and bowel irregularities, not to mention it inhibits the absorption of nutrients from food. Improve your digestion by drinking lemon water, and practicing yoga poses which “massage” the liver, kidneys, & intestines.
Healthy Dishes & Cooking Substitutions: Home-cooking from scratch is always healthier than heating up a pre-made, packaged mix. Check out our picks for holiday foods & healthy cooking substitutions.
Give away the leftover desserts: Leftover holiday foods are great! But leftover holiday desserts can be downright dangerous for your self-control. If you find yourself burdened with extra cookies, cakes, and pies, promptly give them away, rather than let them hang around the kitchen to tempt your midnight sweet tooth for the next week. College kids and office break rooms will always be eager to take the sweets off your hands.
Sleep Well: It has been well documented that being sleep-deprived prompts over-eating. Do yourself a favor and get the rest you deserve over the holidays, for your mental and physical health.