HOLIDAY SEASON HEALTH
1. Take a brain break – Now that the weather has cooled off some, take advantage of the fall air and get outside! Go for a short walk on your lunch break to get some exercise and clear your mind.
2. Get your turkey trot and jingle bell run on – Google your local race schedule or look at your local .gov calendar for upcoming 5k/1 mile fun run and walks! Most towns have a Turkey Trot, Halloween costume race, and Jingle Bell run so get your whole family involved or get a group of friends and co-workers together and get moving! There are often vendors, food, and live music.
3. Get the whole family moving – Growing up, my family (a very large one) always played a game of flag football either before or after our Thanksgiving dinner. It was a great way to get exercise through the form of play and connect the generations.
1. Stay hydrated – While it can be fun to have those holiday cocktails, beer, and wine, try to make sure to drink water as you go. Take a break and drink a glass of H2O after a beverage to stay hydrated and slow your pace. Plus, just a reminder that daily recommendations are 1 drink per day for women and 2 per day for men. Cheers!
2. Make some switches – If you’re looking for a some lower-carb options try out these swaps below:
- Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes
- Zucchini Pizza bites (check out www.wellviewhealth.com blogs for the recipe)
- Put out a veggie, cheese, and fruit tray with Greek Ranch dip (mix a packet of ranch dressing into container of plain Greek yogurt — get the flavor with a punch of calcium and protein!) to snack on before your big meals. This will help you curb your appetite with nutritionally dense foods rather than snacks and sweets
3. Use Pinterest – Check out www.pinterest.com for healthy versions of your favorite holiday recipes. It compiles recipes from tons of different sites with yummy variations of traditional ingredients. Just type in “healthy” and a variety should show up for you.
4. Check out Menu Monday – Look for upcoming recipe tips on our Wellview Health #menumonday blog!
5. Add some protein – Whether it’s turkey, fish, or a vegetarian option, this wonderful macronutrient will help you feel fuller longer, help maintain your blood sugar and insulin and aid in muscle protein synthesis (building and repair of your muscle tissue).
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL
1. Make sure to take time to yourself – If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the family and friend events, step outside and get some fresh air or go for a short walk on your own to clear your mind.
2. Do some yoga – Consider trying a yoga class or a youtube session to relax and take give yourself some self-care. Studios often have holiday specials and this particular practice can help to relax you and put your mind in a positive space again. One of our favorite online instructors on You Tube is “yoga with Adrienne”.
3. Accept your emotions – If the holidays dredge up emotions from the loss of someone, allow yourself the time to let these emotions play out. If talking to someone helps you, reach out to a family member or friend. Maybe revisit old photos or videos or do an activity that has good memories with that person. If the times seem too difficult to face, consider reaching out to a counselor to work through your feelings. Feel free to reach out to Wellview Health with these concerns to learn about resources that are here to help.
4. Shop – If the thought of fighting the crowds at the malls is overwhelming to you, consider online shopping! It is simple, easy, often has online coupons associated with holiday deals, and the best part is you can do it in your PJs from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!
– LAUREN ORMSBEE, CHC, CEP