Stay Healthy and Fit Through The Holidays

Stay Healthy and Fit Through The Holidays

After church on Sunday mornings, I take my girls to Quality Dairy for donuts. Sometimes my wife and I get one, sometimes we don’t. Yesterday, we did not. In fact, none of us did.

After three days of treats, snacks, pumpkin pie, desserts, crackers, dips, staying up later than usual, and knowing we have more parties and get togethers throughout December, we all thought it was a good idea to pass on the “belly bombs” (that’s what my dad calls donuts).

Because of the added stress of holiday parties and activities, and how that stress accumulates on your body, I thought it would be a great idea if I equipped you with ways to stay healthy and fit through the holidays.

All of these are meant to make your body stronger, and counteract the added stress, inflammation, and irritation you put on (and into) your body over the next month. By doing that, you can avoid getting sick, feeling like crap, and ruining your holidays.

The biggest tip I can give you is to PREPARE. If you have a party coming up, and there’s a good chance you’re going eat poorly, prepare the week leading up to it by incorporating the tips outlined below.

Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. It’s not all or none. You can do all, some, or one of the tips provided. Just….do….something.

Here you go…

– Take your vitamins especially Zinc, multivitamin, and Vitamin C.

– Get your Vitamin D. Depending on where you live, there’s less sunshine during winter time so you may have to take a supplement to keep adequate levels of Vitamin D.

– Oil of Oregano and Peppermint Essential oils. You can apply these to your feet using a carrier oil (like coconut or extra virgin olive oil).

– Eat vegetables. Vegetables provide a host of nutrients that combat stress and inflammation. At the party, make sure you still eat vegetables even if you eat the the treats that are there. Even better, bring a vegetable tray to share.

– Add ginger and/or turmeric to your smoothie. These are both great at decreasing inflammation.

– Fasting. Do not eat or drink any calories (not including vitamins) for a minimum of 12 hours. If you get done eating your last bite at 10pm, no eating until at least 10am the next morning. Give your stomach a chance to rest and recover.

– Get out of the kitchen (or wherever the food is). If you’re like my family parties, the kitchen is where you congregate to solve the world’s problems. That’s a danger area because the appetizers, snacks, treats, and desserts linger… and you mindlessly shove them into your mouth.

– Eat a couple bites of a particular dessert or treat you’ve been waiting all year for. Just don’t eat the whole thing.

– Exercise, workout, and get daily movement. That will help you burn more calories throughout the week leading up to the party. Plus, make sure to workout the day of the party. The day after is also a great time to exercise, work up a sweat, and help your body detox from the previous day’s festivities.

– Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.

– Take quiet time for yourself to calm your mind. Meditation, deep breathing, and gratitude journaling are all effective means to focus your mind and recharge.

This is the time of year I see so many people get colds, coughs, sinus congestion and infections. My goal is to help show you ways to strengthen your body and focus your mind so you can stay healthy through the holidays.

Comment below and let me know which of these tips you’re going to do.

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Have a healthy week,

Dr. Ryan

Ryan Wohlfert
doc@upgradedparents.com
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