Tis the season of endless platters of cookies and treats, epic feasts, long lines at the mall, and lots of travel, be it to your sister’s house four miles away or across the country. While the holidays bring ample joy, they also have a tendency to wear us down and do a number on our health. With party after party filling up our autumn and winter calendars, we’re going to have to take some special care if we want to make to that New Year’s party in one piece.
Here are five tricks to keep you feeling healthy, energetic, and balanced from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day:
1. Choose whole foods. While prepackaged foods may seem convenient, especially when you’re juggling holiday shopping with bake sale prep and picking your mother-in-law up from the airport, you’ll be better off in the long run by choosing unprocessed whole foods instead. They don’t contain the unnecessary sugars, fats, and salt that will slow you down and weaken your immune system. If you’re in a pinch, grab a banana or a handful of raw almonds instead—your body will thank you for it.
2. Want to try and avoid a winter cough? Then think about topping up your Vitamin D levels. A growing amount of research suggests that low vitamin D levels may be associated with a higher chance of developing a respiratory tract infection. And let’s face it; no one wants to get sick in the holidays. Unfortunately as the days grow shorter our exposure to sunlight reduces and the sunlight we do get may not contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to be able to make vitamin D. Unless you are lucky enough to escape to some winter sun, don’t forget to top up your dose of the sunshine vitamin from food sources (including fortified foods) and supplements.
3. Make time to rest. With all the go-go-go of the holidays, it is easy to burn out. When we neglect our sleep, the entire body suffers. Our immune system weakens, our skin suffers, and our minds become less sharp. Be sure to schedule at least seven hours of sleep into your daily holiday schedule. And, if you find you are having trouble quieting your mind come bedtime, consider melatonin to help. OneSecond Supplements Daily Sleep Aid offers a customizable dose of this super helpful sleep sidekick.
4. Keep active. Just because it is no longer swimsuit season, it doesn’t mean you should skimp on your exercise. Working in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day is a great way to keep you feeling lively and healthy throughout the season…not to mention, it can counteract some of the overindulgent feasting (and possible eggnog binges) you may or may not have been partaking in (no judgment here).
5. Cool it on the holiday drinks. We get it; it is pumpkin spice latte season and you want to indulge. Fair enough. Just try not to overdo it. That deliciously seasonal coffee drink may taste delicious, but it is packed with sugar and empty calories. Remember, balance is everything. If you’ve already downed three eggnogs the night before, it may be best to skip the PSL or elaborate coffee drink and try Instant Energy instead—it provides a calorie-free pick-me-up, without the sugar crash.
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