By Dr. Sarah E. Laibstain
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With so many traditions ahead, it can be easy to overlook simple health recommendations. Your holiday can still be merry and bright when you follow these 12 simple tips for a smarter, safer and healthier festive season.
Tip #1: Eat Colorfully. When enjoying your holiday meal, try to make your plate as colorful as possible. Fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables and the other half with protein and healthy grains.
Tip #2: Bundle Up! Don’t forget your jacket, hat and gloves when it is cold outside, and be sure to grab your boots if the weather will be rainy.
Tip #3: Wash Your Hands. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands often with warm soapy water for at least 25 seconds.
Tip #4: Get Your Flu shot. The CDC recommends everyone get a flu shot each year as a preventative measure.
Tip #5: Stay Active. Even if you don’t have time for a full workout, try to get some exercise in. Taking a short walk or run can help you stay on track with your goals.
Tip #6: Don’t Drink and Drive. When someone drives under the influence of alcohol they put themselves and everyone else in danger. Be responsible and make the right choice.
Tip #7: Be Thankful. Take the time to show your appreciation for the individuals and blessings in your life.
Tip #8: Relax. Holidays can be a great time to unwind from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Make sure to take some time for yourself.
Tip #9: Drink Wisely. Many holiday alcoholic beverages are high in sugar and calories. Try to drink in moderation, and make sure you alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water.
Tip #10: Bring Healthy Dishes. Going to a holiday potluck? Bring a delicious veggie dish to make sure there are healthy options from which you and others can choose.
Tip #11: New Year’s Resolution. As a new year approaches, start thinking about the resolutions you want to set for yourself. Make sure they are healthy and attainable.
Tip #12: Enjoy Yourself! The holidays are great time to have fun with friends and family. Make sure you aren’t too busy worrying about your health to be present and have a great time.
If you need more tips for staying on track with your health and wellness goals throughout the holiday season, contact your physician for more healthy strategies.
Dr. Sarah E. Laibstain is a general family medicine practitioner at Family Medicine Associates of Texas in Carrollton. She thoroughly enjoys improving the health and lives of individuals ranging from young children to adulthood. For more information, call 972-394-8844, or visit texasmedicine.com.