Staying healthy through the Holidays
Holiday time doesn’t mean that winter’s little ills will take a break! Here are tips to avoid them and have a healthy holiday season.
This can be very busy time of year with dinners with friends and family, cocktails, and shopping for loved ones. It’s cold and important even though you may be in and out of homes and stores quickly, to dress in layers to keep your body warm and able to remove when needed to not over heat.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I understand and encourage celebrating the season and participating in some of the season’s indulgences.
It is important to be mindful of HOW MUCH you’re indulging and how it is affecting your physical and mental health.
Here are a few tips for staying healthy through the holidays:
1. Tis the season to over eat
Tis the season over eat
Delicious food and treats are a BIG part of the holidays. Over eating can quickly lead to digestive troubles like indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux. The best way to prevent these digestive issues is to moderate your food intake. Try to eat slowly so your brain has a chance to let you know you’re full. Go easy on the appetizers, meats, desserts, cream sauces, etc. to leave room for healthier choices. Fill half your plate with veggies and drink plenty of water, which will help with digestion. Choose what you like and enjoy in moderation.
2. Stay active
After all the shopping is done, keep up your physical activities during the holidays. It’s even more important to stay active during this period. It’s good for your overall health, and exercise can help get rid of stress and forget about your worries for a while. Not only will you feel better, you’ll also burn more calories.
3. Limit your alcohol
There are many occasions to celebrate with family and friends during the holidays. However, drinking to excess, even if it’s only occasionally, can cause serious damage. The adverse effects of alcohol can affect the entire body—not just cause a hangover! Drink water between your alcohol beverage to stay hydrated.
4. Drink Water – Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is helpful in avoiding that hang over and very important for maintaining healthy skin during these DRY winter months. It will keep your stomach full, preventing your from wanting those 3-5 extra holiday cookies.
4. Prevent infections
Handshakes, kisses and hugs are ways to spread infections like colds and flu. Wash your hands often, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and keep a bottle of antibacterial gel on hand to protect yourself from the viruses going around over the holidays.
If you are feeling under the weather it might be a good idea to book a 15 minute meet and greet with Kristin Wootton, Naturopathic Doctor in the Burlington and Stoney Creek area, and get back to feeling your healthy best for the festivities of the holiday season.
6. Take time for yourself
Take some time for yourself
You might not have the time to take a spa day during the holiday madness, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a little time for yourself. Between shopping, cooking and hosting, make sure you take a moment each day to just relax and clear your mind. A few moments are all you need to unwind and recharge. Take an evening walk, listen to relaxing music, lose yourself in a good book, treat yourself to a massage. There are many ways to take some time out and pamper yourself.
Kristin Wootton, Naturopathic Doctor, (289) 208-5766