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7 Healthy Tips to Survive Christmas Day

The biggest challenge for the holiday season is finding the perfect gift for your loved one and surviving the Christmas binge. With only 3 days until Santa officially comes, here are 7 vital tips to make it through the holiday madness.

You can do it…with a healthy spirit too.

1. Up Your Water Intake

There is no denying that your alcohol consumption is higher during the holidays. Ensure that your blood doesn’t become a wine stream by drinking more water. Keep a glass of water on your bedside table to drink first thing in the morning and carry a water bottle with you at all times. We love this collapsible bottle from our healthy gift guide!

2. Be Nice, Not Naughty

When you have a Scrooge in your presence it is a real downer, so don’t be one yourself. Christmas is as good a time as any to be in a good spirits. Be compassionate with others and yourself. Smile often, laugh a lot. And if you need, it utilize aromatherapy to change your mood. Dealing with difficult co-workers

3. Pull an All-Nighter (Sleeping)

Leave the staying up all night to Santa. There is only so much partial shut eye you can get before your body shuts down on you. Give the excitement of Christmas a break and give your body and mind a few full nights of rest. Tips for better sleep.

4. Fuel Up on Something other than Cookies

Whoever decided that sending sweets is a good gift idea is sorely mistaken. Cookies and chocolates are constantly in your face from the grocery store to your office, but don’t let all the icing and sprinkles fool you. You don’t have to ignore them all together. Just eat smart! Indulge in one large snowman cookie or 2 small snowflakes and enjoy every bite of the portioned control holiday-themed treat.

5. Seek out Vitamin D

The sun has taken cover and your immune system has gone into hibernation. Cure a host of seasonal ailments by adding a vitamin D supplement to your menu (ie egg yolks, salmon, shitake mushrooms) or bust out your bikini and sun bathe in the snow.

6. Fit in Fitness this Christmas

Whether you are busy or bored, your fitness routine normally takes a major dip this time of year. We recommend completely changing your fitness routine during the holidays so that you force your body to adapt to something new, stay enthusiastic about fitness and keep burning off that eggnog. At a loss on what to do?

7. Veg Out

Take this time to kick your feet up and actually relax…but also eat your vegetables. Get in the habit of eating a plate that is ¼ lean protein, ¼ whole grains and ½ veg now so that you don’t go into veggie shock when the New Year comes. Let’s just say you should make an effort to remain familiar with the word lettuce.

Wishing you and your family and very Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year!

In Good Health, Wellness and Love,

-Donna Rivard, RHN

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