The holiday season is upon us – the best time of year, am I right?! Thanksgiving and Christmas brings about family, food and times of giving. However, healthy decisions should stay top of mind even when it seems difficult to do. We have a few tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays! Of course, keep in mind COVID-19 guidelines such as washing your hands, the number of people at a gathering, potentially wearing a mask and more.
Watch Portion Sizes
It’s easy to want to load your plate with every dish on the table – but be mindful and don’t ever do it. If you want to try a bit of everything just be sure the portion sizes are small and you’ll be able to enjoy a bite of it all.
Limit Sodium Intake
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium in a day and moving toward an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.
The highest sources of sodium in an American diet are yeast breads, breaded chicken products and pizza. And during the holidays mashed potatoes and stuffing are often loaded with salt. Opt for options like sweet potatoes or swiss cheese if you’re worried of your sodium intake. Be wary of desserts also such as grain-based desserts like pies, pastries and cakes.
Get a Flu Shot
Winter months and the holidays of course overlap with flu season. To be safe, it’s a good idea always to get your flu shot before surrounding yourself with others (especially during COVID). Contact our office to get your flu shot today!
Drink Plenty of Water
While at holiday dinners there is sure to be a wide array of drink options – whether it’s ciders, eggnog, alcohol and so on – be sure to also consume water to stay hydrated and don’t drink too much of the alcohol options.
Make Time for Exercise
It’s easy to neglect physical activity during the holiday season. It’s cold outside, you have decorating and party planning to do, or maybe you’re busy visiting with relatives. Still, daily exercise is crucial for good health. Prioritize physical activity, and make time to be active.