DECEMBER 2017 (IPMD) – The holidays are fun, but they can bring a lot of stress and hundreds of extra calories from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. The doctors at IPMD have put together a few tips to keep you feeling like yourself during the next few weeks.
1.) Manage Stress. Between spending extra money and always being on the go, this season can bring on a lot of stress. Be realistic about how many holiday parties you can attend before feeling overwhelmed and make sure to schedule some “me” time. Exercising, soaking in sunlight and smelling citrus foods have all been proven to boost moods.
2.) Exercise. We know it sometimes seems like the last thing you want to fit in your day but exercise is very important during the holiday season. Between that extra glass or wine or Christmas cookie, the calorie count for your days and weeks start creeping up. Balance it out with a cardio workout. Getting in 15 minutes a day can help dramatically.
3.) Don’t Overeat. Your favorite foods start showing up during the holidays and it’s not always easy to say no. Don’t deny yourself but also don’t go overboard. Use the three bite rule so you can taste and still eat your favorites without over doing it. Studies also show those who smell and taste peppermint eat fewer calories.
4.) Drink Water. The busy days can go by in the blink of an eye and before you know it you realize you haven’t had any water. This is a pretty easy thing to do during the day but try to turn it around. Drinking more water can help you feel full, can energize you and helps keep your muscles working like they should. Carry a water bottle with you during the day and always remember to drink water during those holiday parties.
5.) Limit the Champagne. You may want to celebrate with a few cocktails but try not to overdo it. Binge drinking occurs when men have had more than 5 drinks in two hours. For women it’s more than 4. Always try and mix water between your drinks. That will help you feel better the next day. It’s also a good idea to plan ahead and find a ride home. Alcohol related accidents go up around this time of year. Many alcoholic drinks also contain more than 100 extra calories.