Healthy Living During The Holidays

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends, give thanks and reflect. You dance and laugh. You eat turkey, stuffing, gravy, snacks, pies, pies and oh yeah, more pies. Everywhere we turn there’s another cookie swap, holiday party, or another slice of grandma’s famous pie that she only makes once a year staring us in the face.

Think Healthy During the Holidays!

You and a million other weight-watchers probably feel guilty that you couldn’t resist that fifteenth cookie (and who could blame you?). They are also a time to pay special attention to your health.

Holiday Weight Gain SyndromeThe dreaded HWGS is upon us. What’s HWGS you may ask? You might know it as the very sneaky Holiday Weight Gain Syndrome.

Holiday Weight Gain Syndrome usually starts its attack around Halloween and works its magic all the way through the New Year. Before you know it, our good eating habits fly right out the window. You’ve lost some muscle, added five or ten pounds of fat and don’t feel so great starting off the New Year.

I am not going to suggest that you should not eat any goodies over the holidays or even over indulge once or twice. Everyone enjoys the holidays and all the wonderful fares and treats. You don’t want to miss that. Family and friends gathering around food and sprites is delightful. You should enjoy the holidays but I also want you to start 2013 feeling good.  Decide now to use these Holiday safety tips and health guidelines to keep everyone feeling great, staying safe, and having fun during this festive season and you will do just fine.

A Bit Of Advice For The Holidays!  Celebrate In New Ways!

Anyone can lose weight, but more importantly, we need to keep that weight off by learning new healthier lifestyle habits that we can do with success long-term. I am not talking perfection here – nor am I talking about giving up your favorite food forever!!

It’s perfectly healthy to allow yourself to indulge once in a while but many of us take this too far during the holidays (unfortunately this season last for 3 months!)

1. Drink Lots of Water: water naturally helps you not eat much, sleep better, process food and being hydrated burns more fat.

2. Eat Slowly and Appreciate: take a deep breath and control your excitement when you see all those goodies.

3. Do Not Skip Meals: this messes with your metabolism and leads you to overeating at the next meal.

4. Protein and Simple Carbs: If you are going to “pig-out” reach for the proteins and the simple carbs.

5. Workout in the Morning: (or anytime you can), but if you work out in the morning you will perk up your metabolism for the whole day. So go for a long walk or hike or jog, get those engines revving. You can add weight training to build muscles; they increase your metabolism even more.

6. Friends: Hook up with some friends and make it a group effort. Try joining a dance, yoga, or pilates class if they appeal to you. The more the merrier!

Eat Drink and Be Merry! But everything in moderation can make for a healthier and happier you all year around!

Your St Paul MN Chiropractor can help you determine the right exercises to start for your current fitness level, can monitor your progress, and adjust your exercises as you become more fit. Just find a way to make exercise a part of your day!

Be kind to the body you have—it’s a one-of-a-kind gift, and it’s the only one you get.

Lastly… happy holidays!

Bring on the nostalgic holiday decorations, marathon-shopping sessions, and all night baking parties, I’m ready for them.