As 2012 comes to a close, I encourage you to take a proactive approach to the holiday season. What do I mean by this exactly? Well, the New Year reminds us every year to get healthier and abide by resolutions that many of us only seem to make once a year. Why wait for January 1? I’m challenging you to get a head start and make this your healthiest holiday season!
Relax. Create time for the things you love to do. The holiday season is often the most stressful time of year, so finding time to relax is essential. Relaxing also helps keep your immune system strong and your outlook positive.
Make time for healthy meals. Keep your healthy lifestyle on the right track by making time for full healthy meals, not snacking. This will make coming back to a healthy diet once the holiday parties have come and gone much easier. Are you in need of some healthy recipe ideas? Visit our recipes section on our website here.
Exercise. Staying active helps boost your metabolism while keeping your immune system strong. Ramping up your workout by burning extra calories will help balance out the extra calories we tend to consume this time of year. Exercise is also a great mood-booster!
Sleep. It’s essential to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep and stress make a bad combination at any time of year but especially during the holidays. The National Institute of Health tells us that sleeps helps us maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry. Therefore, when we don’t get enough sleep, we feel hungrier!
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season!
Valerie Douglass, DTR
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