By Jeff Sheppard 03 Dec 2019 no comment 1180 Views

Many people consider the holiday season to be a time for indulgence.  During the holidays, it’s important to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and celebrate.  As with all things in life, moderation is key.

We have some tips to balance out the festive indulgences with some ideas that will support your health during the Christmas season and for the year to come.

Ideas for a Healthy Christmas

Consider a gift for kids that encourages physical activity.  Kids might enjoy ice skates, balls, sleds, trampolines, skateboards and scooters, bikes, hockey sticks, or active games they can play outdoors once the snow melts.  If it’s fun to be physically active, kids will be more likely to go outside for active play.  They will also be happier about joining sports teams, or taking classes such as swimming, dance, skating, or gymnastics, if they have fun with these activities.  Grownups are also more active when they find activities that they enjoy, instead of seeing exercise as yet another chore.

Keep fire where it belongs – in festive fireplaces or softly glowing candles.  Examine all Christmas lights, power cords and extension cords.  Throw away the frayed ones.  Set candles on fire-proof surfaces, away from curtains, cloth, curious pets, and kids.  Never leave candles unattended.  If you have a real tree for a Christmas tree, water it regularly.

You can enjoy a festive dinner and still eat proportionally.  If you’re invited to a buffet or a meal where you can serve yourself, fill most of your plate with vegetables and save some room on the side for turkey, stuffing, ham, and gravy.  Consider skipping dinner rolls–if they’re not your favourite indulgence, the extra calories and minimal nutrition of a white roll isn’t worth it.  And if they are your favourite, take a pass on another high-calorie food, like stuffing or gravy.  Eat a full meal and it’ll be easier to enjoy a small taste of dessert without the temptation to overindulge.

Similarly, when you go to a party with finger food, eat a full healthy meal before you go.  When you arrive, take a napkin or small plate and choose a few sweets and treats.  Enjoy them!  Then set your plate aside and don’t go back for more.

As well, if you decide to enjoy alcoholic beverages, don’t drive yourself home.  Make arrangements in advance for a designated driver or a place to stay the night; or call a cab.  Alcohol, like sweets, is best enjoyed in moderation.

Save yourself stress on two levels

The end of the year can be a busy time for everyone.  Some patients rush to make the most of their health insurance before it re-sets in the New Year.  Save yourself stress on two levels.  Chiropractic care helps your nervous system cope with stress; and having your maintenance appointment earlier in December will help you to feel your best during the holiday season.   You can reach Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at 635-8182 or 847-7172 to make an appointment.

We wish you a very happy holiday season!

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