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Staying on Track During the Holidays

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on December 18, 2014

Here we are again, well into the holiday spirit and everything that comes along with it! During this time, a lot of people struggle with staying on track and trying to figure out how in the heck not to derail. There are plenty of temptations all over the place and it is always a challenge for even ME to keep myself in the healthy zone! With all the parties, treats that you all so kindly bring into us here at the office, and even our own baking, it is easy to slip up now more than ever. No worries, I am going to give you a few tips on how to keep it in check from now til 2015!

Meal Prep
This is a great idea to start during the holidays and even continue throughout 2015. The purpose of meal prep is to have healthy foods available for you at any time. I typically try and do this on a Sunday and prep it for the week ahead. I can easily pack stuff up for work and then have it available for me when I get home! An easy example of this would be baked chicken, veggies, and baked sweet potatoes. So when the temptations start rolling in, you have your healthy alternative waiting for you! Another good idea is to have veggies cut up to snack on instead of going for the cookies in the break room. If you have healthy options you can access, then it makes it easier to stay on track!

Keep your work out routine!
Just because you are busy, have to shop, bake, and visit with family and friends does not mean that you should skip your work out! We are very lucky to live down south and have nice weather still! Get outside and move around, take a walk with some friends at the beach, golf, ride your bike-whatever it is you like to do, just make sure you continue to do it! When I have family or friends in town, they know that they are either coming to work out with me or staying at home and waiting–and most of the time they join and feel better about it! Set your work out up as an appointment on your smart phone-we all have these wonderful things and they can ding, beep, or sing to let us know we need to get that work out in! So no excuses, get out there and get moving!

A little goes a long way…
Yes I know, there are soooo many delicious treats at this time of year that it is hard to say no every single time. I will give you this advice, everything in moderation. If you want to try a cookie that aunt Sally made, go for it, but don’t go back and try 4 more! If I see something I want to try, I will take half of it, have someone split it with me, or even just try a bite! Trust me I love a good Oreo truffle ball at this time of year, but I know if I eat 6 of them in one sitting, my waist line is going to pay for it! So try your hardest not to overload on the sugar, your body and overall health will thank you for it come January!

Sleepy time!
I know, I know you are busy! If you can just wrap one more present or get one more batch of cookies made before bed you will feel better…or will you? Sleep is crucial for our bodies, it is our time to re-energize. Studies have shown that getting 7-8 hours of sleep will benefit your overall health, mood, immune system, memory, weight control, memory, overall LESS pain, lower risk of injury, and clearer thinking throughout the day. During this time of year more than ever, every single one of these is important to me as well as it should be to you! Rest up!

Pain? Nah that will just go away…
Stringing lights outside, putting up a Christmas tree, shopping for hours on end, bringing boxes down from the attic, the list goes on and on. You get that little ‘twinge’ in the low back, ‘tweak’ in the neck, or strange ache in the shoulder but don’t have time to stop and think about it. Please, listen to your body! Holidays are hectic for everyone, but taking 30 minutes out of your day to get a chiropractic adjustment, have some physical therapy, or even treat yourself to a massage will be worth it!

I hope these tips will be beneficial to you this time of year! Have a safe and wonderful holiday with family and friends!

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