Holidays are some of the most blessed, fun and stressful times. With so much to look forward to such as family dinners, parties, preparations, shopping and planning gift giving it can sometimes be difficult to prioritize your health. Once the holiday season is over, quite a few people feel anxious and depressed. Others let go of their diets and start eating unhealthily. Short days and cold weather can demotivate some and make them want to sacrifice workouts for staying cozy indoors. This can weaken the immune system and can be a risk of developing cold, cough and other ailments. Staying fit and taking care of your diet is vital for a healthy holiday season.  

Below are some tips to stay in good shape:  

  • Exercise  

Though there is a risk of winter-related injuries, there is an even higher risk of overall health and lack of exercise. During holidays due to busy schedules and traveling, our daily workout routine often has to take the back seat. Eliminate this habit by completing holiday shopping ahead of time and in case you don’t have time for a proper workout, squeeze a few minutes out of your schedule for a quick walk that will get your blood flowing and boost your metabolism.   

  • Avoid Overeating 

Christmas parties are packed with delicious food, a second serving is always a pleasure and yet a regret. It is a sure way to add unwanted belly fat. We recommend you eat a hearty breakfast within an hour or two of waking up, then continue eating light after four hours. You can try eating healthy snacks, fruit and vegetable salads. This way by the time it is lunchtime you won’t gorge yourself with unwanted carbs. Another tip is to avoid eating two hours before bedtime because your metabolism slows down when you’re asleep which makes it difficult for you to digest. So, when you attend dinner, parties eat light.  

  • Don’t Drink and Drive 

If you cannot avoid alcohol, then try limiting the intake. Restrict yourself to two to three drinks and alternate each one with a glass of water to avoid over-indulging. Heavy drinking can lead to liver damage, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Even if you drink, assign a designated driver, so you don’t drink and drive.   

  • Stay Hydrated 

The excitement of getting dressed for parties can sometimes make people forget to drink water. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, it helps to digest, transport and absorb nutrients. It also helps control calories.   

  • Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Your Diet 

Omega 3 fatty acids are vital since healthy fats are needed for a strong immune system. They are loaded in fish, plant seeds and nuts. Omega 3 contains anti-inflammatory properties which are ideal for reducing joint pain and stiffness. It can further combat anxiety, depression, reduce the risk of heart disease, fight autoimmune disease, reduce asthma in children and improve eye and brain health.   

  • Sleep 

Holiday parties can keep you up till late at night and disrupt your sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation can lead to drowsiness and overeating since sleep duration has an impact on hormones which regulate hunger.  

  • Cook with Herbs and Spices 

Some herbal remedies can be easily incorporated in your holiday meals, thereby adding aroma, flavor and health benefits to indulgent meals. Basil, bay leaves, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, onions, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme and turmeric are packed with health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, digestive and gastroprotective properties. These herbs also reduce pain, stimulate bowel movement and are rich are in nutrients. 

  • Avoid Holiday Heartburn 

The key to avoiding heartburn is eating food in moderation. Know which food triggers your heartburn. Some of the most common foods include sugar and fat. So instead of reaching for a slice of pumpkin pie, eat veggies and whole wheat bread instead. Or else just limit the size of your dessert serving. Working out, stretching and taking a brisk walk can all help avoid heartburn.