Thanksgiving has passed us, but that doesn’t mean that we’re beyond the holidays yet – Christmas is still to come, then New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We’ve already talked about some tips for keeping those unwanted pounds off at family holiday dinners. Now, let’s discuss some other tips for keeping healthy during the holidays.
With Christmas comes gifts, and gifts in 2015 often include tech gadgets and electronics. These days many people don’t ever leave the couch once they get something run by a battery. Even though electronics aren’t all bad, if we don’t get up off the couch, we can never hope to keep off or lose those extraneous pounds!
This holiday season, let’s get up off the couch for a few minutes, put down our gadgets, and take a walk with the family or friends, go on a hike, head to the gym or indoor pool, or even just stand up and organize some of our new gifts or tidy up the house a bit.
Healthy holidays make for happier holidays! Get out there and live a healthy lifestyle, even during this busy holiday season. We can do this! 🙂
The holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, to name a few – are just around the corner, and while it’s expected we might gain a couple of pounds from all the treats, here are a few simple ways we can curb those carbs just a bit, while still enjoying the feasts and festivities.
First, just because there’s plenty of food doesn’t mean we should eat so much we get sick! As with our regular eating habits, portion control is important during the holidays, both so you don’t regret it immediately and so you don’t regret it days or weeks later.
Are you one of those people like me who likes to try a little of everything? (My reasoning is 1. if someone who brought a dish asks me if I tried it, I can honestly says “yes,” and 2. many holiday sides are something I don’t eat most of the rest of the year and/or are special family recipes reserved only for these occasions.) Trying a tiny little bit of everything can help you decide your favorites you’d like if you go back for seconds and can save you the embarrassment of leaving a large amount of something behind that you didn’t care for, but don’t want to have to admit you don’t like.
Whenever I hear conversations involving people trying to lose weight, I often notice that they tend to gravitate towards diets and programs that offer fast, temporary results, while wishing to continue in their lifestyles of unhealthy habits. While each person varies (and if you suffer from a thyroid, hormone-related, or other medical condition that contributes to your weight gain, you should see a trusted physician to determine the best method(s) for you to use), here are some common unhealthy habits that anyone serious about their health should consider when looking to lose (and keep off!) unwanted weight.
- Smoking – among other even more dangerous issues smoking gives the body, smokers often experience weight gain. This unhealthy habit should be broke ASAP for your overall health.
- Alcohol – While many studies have shown the benefits of a little red wine, and some find that certain liquors can aid in decongestion during an illness, the sugar in alcohol, and other aspects of it as well, can cause unwanted weight gain. Alcohol in excess can be very damaging to the liver and kidneys. If you take your health seriously, cut back on the drinks!
- Soda- Speaking of sugary drinks, it’s no secret that soda is absolutely loaded with sugar! If you’re really wanting to lose weight, I would really suggest cutting soda from your diet altogether. It certainly has no health benefits of any kind! Those of you who think you’re doing yourself a huge favor consuming diet soda instead, think again. Diet soda is still loaded with artificial ingredients, and the sugar substitutes, aspartame, has been shown to be of great concern. If you regularly drink diet soda, and often experience headaches, aspartame is probably the culprit. Don’t dupe yourself into thinking any soda is good for your health. If you simply must have it, enjoy it as a rare treat.
- Snacking – If you’re anything like me, you must snack a little between meals to avoid headaches, nausea, dizziness, shakiness, etc. Many diet books tell you not to snack at all, but let’s face it – for most of us, that’s unrealistic, and could even be hazardous if our blood sugar drops too low. I suggest you find healthy snacks – particularly fresh fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy at home or on the go, between meals. Avoid sugary snacks such as ice cream, candy bars, etc. – especially right before bed. Perhaps some grapes, apples, bananas, peaches, etc. would provide a nice alternative for those with a sweet tooth.
- Sitting – Studies have shown that sitting for hours and hours a day is incredibly taxing on the human body, and it’s definitely not burning any fat either! Just sitting around using technology, studying, etc. on a regular basis actually takes a huge toll on your body and doesn’t help at all with shedding those pounds! Even a 15 or 30 minutes walk each day (or for the very sedentary person, start walking twice or more each week to get started), can prove beneficial. You may find you’re in better spirits too, since fresh air is also excellent for mental health.
If you begin saying not to these five unhealthy habits, you’ll be starting yourself on a more beneficial path to wellness than a one-time fad diet! Soon, we’ll talk more about food here, but this is a great way to get started.
Getting and staying healthy is incredibly important for all of us, no matter where we are in our lifestyle or fitness. I’m beginning a new blog section here to talk about all things health and wellness. I plan to include exercise tips, “dieting” tips for eating healthy (please consult your physician if you need a customized eating plan), recipes or suggestions for ways to cook your favorite meals with healthier options, and more. I hope we can all learn something along the way. 🙂
As someone who has struggled with a weak immune system for many years, in addition to chronic allergies and asthma, yet strives to be as healthy as possible, I would love for anything I have learned along my journey to be helpful to my readers as well.