No sooner does the last slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie disappear, when
eggnog and holiday cookies dance onto the scene. If you're not careful, too
much holly jolly can wreak havoc on your waistline and your health.
This holiday season commit to five simple steps to keep the healthy in
Bottoms Up: Make water your
go-to beverage throughout the holiday season; when you quaff lots of water
along with holiday cocktails, you lessen the chance of overindulging and will
feel better the next day. Plus water bottles also make a fun, useful hostess
gift. For shopping ideas, click here and here.
Think Veggies: Hitting the veggie
platter helps you resist the siren song of baked brie and holiday chocolates. When
you fill up on crudités, you take the edge off your appetite, making it easier
to say no to temptation. If your party is potluck, offer to bring the veggies to
ensure a low-calorie, high fiber snack is on hand. For creative presentation
ideas, this article has you covered.
A Long Winter's Nap: Too many late
nights of holiday revelry or rushing around the mall can quickly take its toll.
Do yourself a favor and protect your shut-eye so you can truly enjoy the
season. Find it difficult to get your zzz's during the holiday hubbub? Better
your odds of a good night's sleep by relaxing for an hour before bed rather
than doing chores or working and by sticking to a regular sleep routine. And
use power naps to make up for lost slumber. For more tips on healthy holiday
sleep habits, read 6 Ways to Sleep Better During the Holidays.
Ice Skating Anyone?: Increase your
holiday stamina by devoting time to activities that recharge your batteries
such as exercise and mediation. When you can, incorporate exercise into your
holiday plans; instead of cocktails with friends, suggest an ice skating
outing. Or have your family take a hike instead of seeing the latest holiday
blockbuster. Schedule blocks of solo exercise each day as well. Even a brisk 20
minute walk daily will improve your mood, help with sleep and keep the pounds
and stress at bay.
Indulge When You Can: Deprivation is
never any fun, especially around the holidays. Allow yourself to indulge in
those little treats that make the season special. After all, the holidays only
roll around once a year and treating yourself to small luxuries can help stave
off overindulgence later on. And many holiday treats - such as red wine and
dark chocolate - also have health benefits - as long as they are consumed in
moderation. So go ahead, enjoy, it's good for your health!
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.