Healthy Holidays for You!
The holidays may be a source of many special memories…. And also temptation, stress, and
oversize expectations may throw you a curve ball or two. How can you possibly maintain your
balance through it all, let alone stay healthy?
Check out these 7 tips for a healthier holiday.
1. Beat the bugs. Add “flu shot” to your to-do list, unless of course you’ve already gotten it
done. Also, wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Lots of germs can easily “leap” from
hands to nose and mouth—not to mention from you to other people.
When you fly or ride a bus or train, use a disinfectant wipe on armrests, tray table and latch,
air vent, and seatbelt buckle. Also, drink plenty of fluids while traveling—try for 8 ounces of
water each hour. Moist airways are less susceptible to viruses and bacteria.1,2
2. Stay active. And by active we don’t mean just shopping or wrapping presents! At the very
least, put on some holiday music and dance! This may not be the best time of year to start a
new exercise routine, but don’t let exercise go by the wayside. And when flying, be sure to move
around the cabin every 60 to 90 minutes.1
3. Chill. Don’t let holiday hysteria overwhelm you. Try a 15-minute chair massage at your
local salon or airport or shopping mall massage kiosk. Along with relaxing muscles, massages
may lower levels of stress hormones and boost white blood cells, which can protect against
What else calms you….? Relaxing music? Meditation? Walks in the park? Be sure to prioritize
YOU in the midst of this busy time. And, it goes without saying: get plenty of sleep, which can
stave off sickness. One study found that people who sleep at least eight hours a night are three
times less likely to catch a cold than those who sleep less than seven.1
4. Handle food wisely. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs away from ready-to-eat
foods. Make sure to cook foods to the right temperature and don’t leave perishables out for more
than two hours.2
5. Head ‘em off at the pass. Are temptations lurking around every corner? Pack healthy
snacks, such as fruit, nuts, or low-fat string cheese. And provide healthier options such as
vegetable dishes at holiday gatherings. Granted, these foods may not have the same appeal as
mom’s pecan pie or candied potatoes, but they may keep you from overindulging. Whatever
you do, don’t “save up” your calories for big parties and family meals. That can simply lead to
If you are cooking for family and friends consider having a diabetic or low sodium friendly
item. It’s just another way to ensure everyone can rave about your cooking.
6. Ease up. Sure, we know ‘tis the season to imbibe. But that doesn’t mean you have to go
overboard. Before drinking any alcohol, be sure to have something to eat. Alcohol may react
negatively to your medications. Consider serving juice or flavored water for a healthy
7. Check your meds—and vitamins. Check your supply of prescriptions, over-the-counter
medications, and vitamins. I can go over this list with you. Make sure you have what you need
before traveling. We can help you with solutions to remember to take your drugs or to order
refills—before you run out.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.
Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional
advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you
have questions or concerns about a medical condition.
1. Health: “10 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays.” Available at: http://www.
health.com/health/gallery/0,,20648861,00.html Accessed on 11-3-16.
2. CDC: “Holiday Health and Safety Tips.” Available at: https://www.cdc.
gov/family/holiday/ Accessed on 11-3-16.
3. HealthDay: “Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds.” Available at: https:
//medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_161093.html Accessed on 11-3-16.
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