Staying Healthy During the Holidays

choosing between apple and cake

choosing between apple and cake

by Beau Jansen

The holidays are here and for many of us that means we are about to run a gauntlet that can leave us sick, tired and stressed. Here are some helpful tips to stay healthy during the holidays:

Keep Your Body Warm:

This helps prevent colds, flu and even more serious conditions such as strokes, pneumonia, heart attack and even depression. It starts with our choice of clothes; layers are ideal because you can adjust them for temperature changes. Start with thermal long underwear and then add a normal layer of clothes and then sweaters and finally make sure you have a waterproof shell. Take special care to keep your neck, head and core warmest. Beanies, scarves and hoods can help with this endeavor. Also make sure to wear appropriate shoes, waterproof and slip resistant. As the old Scandinavian saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

Eat Well:

Food should be nutritious and warm. A great way to keep warm is from the inside as well. Bone broth, ginger, garlic, and fermented foods are all great highly nutritious additions to your diet during this time. Try making at least two meals a day hot meals, and make sure that all your meals are nutrient dense and a balance of fat, protein and carbohydrate. During that big holiday meal, avoid sugar and processed foods; instead fill up on vegetables, lean proteins and soups before you go for anything else.

Drink Tea:

Tea is a helpful way to keep warm and hydrated. Slake your thirst with synthetic, natural herbs that have warming and immune properties such as chamomile, ginger, ginseng and garlic. After a meal drink peppermint tea to aid with good digestion.

Plan your trips with time to relax.

Plan your trips with time to relax.

Travel Intelligently:

Plan your trips with time to relax and be still. Don’t plan a crazy red eye flights, long drives and a nonstop itinerary and expect to be healthy and enjoy your trip. Plan extra travel time; leave and arrive at a reasonable hour even if that means breaking up your trip into more reasonable chunks. If you’re on a long road trip, find places to stop along the way and exercise to break up sitting in the car. Plan a day buffer on both sides of your trip if possible, one day to prepare without being rushed and one day to decompress and unpack.

Maintain Good Hygiene:

Wash your hands!! This is a very simple yet overlooked way to stay healthy. Also make sure to keep a clean house and work environment, wipe down surfaces with a green cleaning agent such as distilled white vinegar combined with water and optional essential oils in a spray bottle.

Exercise Regularly:

Don’t stop your routine during the holidays. Exercise boosts the immune system, reduces stress, fights depression, keeps holiday pounds from accumulating and keeps the body warm. Plan out when you’ll get your exercise in now so that you can avoid trying to fit it in last minute. Scheduling sessions with a personal trainer can be very helpful during this time to keep you accountable and on track. You’re more likely to show up to your workout if you have to pay for it.

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Get Massage:

Massage can help with headaches, insomnia related to stress, fibromyalgia, muscle tightness and pain, digestive disorders, anxiety and a whole host of other problems. Make your health a priority and take care of your body before it gets to a breaking point; massage will help you will come out of the holidays better than you went in.


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