Dr. Deb's 20 Top Tips for Sailing Through Holidays & Special Occasions in a Healthy Way While Having Fun
I remember holidays and vacations where I indulged too much and came away with some extra baggage. Like the time I vacationed in Ireland for ten days and gained six pounds. Or that holiday season where I gained five pounds. Oh yeah there was that trip to Peru over the holidays (double whammy!) where I gained eight pounds. And then we have the two cruises I took where I went on as a passenger and came off as baggage. Yikes! Anyone relate?
We often think, oh a few calories here and there won't really matter that much. We rationalize, "The holidays (or vacations) are meant for fun and indulgence after all. I don't want to deprive myself." Or how about, "New year's is right around the corner, I'll start taking care of myself then." Perhaps you think that you earned all those treats (and hence calories) by working hard at your job all year. So you reward yourself with food!
The average American gains 2-12 pounds over the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Years. Those pounds go on a whole lot easier than they come off. The older you get, the harder it is to lose them too, I can promise. The real effect of these indulgences is to your health. Eating junk, not exercising, loading up on sugar, consuming excessive alcohol, all lead to a weakened immune system. We need our immune systems in tip-top shape all year, but especially during the holiday season which coincides with flu season.
I offer you these tips that will allow you to indulge in this time of celebration while maintaining your weight and health. You don't have to forgo the fun to maintain a healthy weight and body by applying these tips.
Twenty Healthy Holiday Tips to Maintain Your Health & Weight:
Make your health a priority today and everyday, even during holidays & special times. Be willing to participate with God in the divine-human partnership for your health. Because after all, if you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live? It is the vehicle that carries you around on planet earth. We need you healthy & whole so that you can impact the world in ways that only you can!
With much love & appreciation!
Deb Harrell, ND
Deb teaches you how to use food as medicine to prevent & reverse disease! She is a Naturopathic Doctor &
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