Christmas is a time to celebrate. It’s almost an unspoken rule that when the holidays arrive, you are allowed to eat lots of food including desserts and because we’re so busy, exercise is not even an option.
Not to mention we’re bundled up with sweaters and coats so we don’t notice our sagging arms and that extra weight around the stomach.
However, celebrating doesn’t have to mean over-indulgence. You can enjoy all the festivities while choosing to stay healthy. I promise you won’t regret it!
Here are 5 Tips To Keep You Healthy During the Holidays
1. Get plenty of sleep. I know what you’re thinking who has time for sleep? We’re all busy so we stay up late and get up early. But studies show that sleep is important to our overall health.
The benefits of sleep include better memory, lowers stress, and over all healthier.
One of my favorite things to do to help me sleep is diffuse essential oils. Peace and calming is my very favorite!!!
2. Keep exercising. It’s easy to quit this time of the year. The weather is cold and dreary and who wants to walk outside. I’m a fair weather walker!!
Wayne and I have decided to not be so sedentary this winter so we’ve taken up racquetball. Not only is it great exercise but it’s fun for us as a couple.
I love these 10 minute workouts and I use them all the time. I probably need to do more but I feel some exercise is better than none!
A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than a pound of body weight during the winter holidays – and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year.
The good news is that the people who reported the most physical activity through the holiday season showed the least weight gain.
3. Indulge in those special holiday treats. That’s right it’s okay to eat some of your favorite treats but save your sweet tooth for the special ones. Keep your sugar intake low. I try to limit my sugar but there are some holiday treats I know I’m going to eat. The key is moderation.
4. Hydrate your body! Typically we eat a lot of foods during the holidays that are high in sodium. Plus all the sweets and that can leave our body dehydrated. It’s important to drink plenty of water.
Stay away from soft drinks because they are high in sodium. I personally stay away from diet drinks too because of the artificial sweeteners.
5. Snack healthy (and often). Typically we think if we don’t eat, we can save our calories for that one big meal. But that’s not a good idea. Eat healthy snacks during the day and then when you have that big dinner, you will eat less.
Keep fruit and veggies in the refrigerator so you can grab them quickly.
My Extra Tip!
One of the best things I did for my health a few years ago was to start using essential oils. They have been life changing for me. I feel better and I love the fact that I’m putting good things in and on my body.
I have used them for menopause and sleep issues.
Young Living has just released their new and improved skin care line!! I absolutely love the Art Skin Care System and it would make a great Christmas gift! (Email me at cyndispive(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions.)
What do you do to keep yourself healthy during the holidays?
Beauty For the Heart~~1 Corinthians 6:19-20 came to my mind as I was thinking about my body. I want to honor God by taking care of what he has given me.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Have a blessed and healthy day!
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