We all know time flies, but it’s still hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner.
Taking a proactive approach to our health is more important than ever and with the holidays inching ever closer, it is a good time to emphasize healthy activities. This starts with your diet, and also includes healthy supplements, regular exercise, and proper rest. Here are some guidelines to help you stay on track.
Eat healthy and in moderation
This season usually involves spending time with loved ones and enjoying the holiday festivities – which often means the excuse to eat a lot of sweets and other junk food. As Health Coach Megan Bell at Sycamore Integrated Health points out, that can lead to bad habits.
“The holiday season is approaching and so are the cravings. We all know the food during the holidays is never the best when it comes to being healthy.”
While the temptation exists to indulge in some less-than-optimal goodies, Coach Bell suggests some ways to alter classic recipes to a more healthful version, and to help balance your appetite with a fresh addition or two to your plate.
“When making those delicious, mashed potatoes for example, try to make them with sweet potatoes instead,” Bell said. “Load up on those vegetable sides when you are having the main course. Vegetables are always unlimited!”
Exercise and get enough rest
While good, active health starts by focusing on healthy eating, it’s important to not lose sight of your physical activities. With all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it can be easy to get off track with your exercise. But it’s actually an ideal time to engage more with your routine – or start a new one.
Plan ahead as much as you can so that you’ll have time even for a shortened workout or a quick walk before or after the family get-togethers. Condensing your routine in this way not only still counts as exercise, but it may free up a little bit more of your time and be a good kind of shock to your body. Staying active around your busy schedule – but remembering to take the time to get proper rest – will help keep your mind and body in balance.
Even with a healthy eye on your diet and physical activities during the holidays, it’s still okay to enjoy a treat or two as well; you’ve earned it.
“Enjoy your holiday and make room for all foods,” Coach Bell said. “Learn to portion your plate and still enjoy the tasty but not so healthy options. Moderation is key!”
For more information or questions on how integrated health practices can help you stay active and healthy during the holidays, visit www.sycamoreintegratedhealth.com or call 815-895-3354.
Sycamore Integrated Health
920 W Prairie Dr STE J
Sycamore, IL 60178
Source: The Daily Chronicle