the mooooost wonderful tiiiiiime of the yeeeeear. ♪♫

Yes it is!  The holidays are a time filled with beautiful weather (here in South Florida, anyway), and
a time to make memories with your loved ones.  However, it can also be a stressful time
packed with lots of traveling, last-minute shopping, and plenty of
opportunities to overindulge and be underactive.  Now, no one is saying you should have a salad
and go for a run on Thanksgiving.  The priority
is to enjoy yourself and have an amazing time with your family and friends!
But the goal can be to indulge and enjoy
your holiday season, while not going so overboard that come New Year’s you
hastily make resolutions to suddenly become a health guru (more on this later)
out of guilt. 
It’s not only possible, but it’s easy.  Here are some practical tips you can implement
every day no matter the situation to stay on track with your health and
wellness goals this holiday season:
1.    Prioritize movement: It’s
fine to scale back on an intense exercise regimen if you’ve got a busy
schedule, but there is always a way
to get in some extra movement!  Research
shows that going for a brief walk even as short as 15 minutes after a meal can
aid digestion and burn some extra calories.  So skip the temptation to take a nap post-food-coma
and opt for a walk around the block instead.
2.    Skip and/or mix and match leftovers: I’m
not going to tell you to try to focus on healthy food for your holiday feast,
what fun would that be?  But what you can do, is enjoy it and move on.  If you are in a situation where you are left
with huge amounts of leftovers and can’t give them away to guests, a good
strategy is to freeze half, and then have the other half in small quantities
coupled with some healthier options.  For
example, replace the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes plate with a salad
topped with some of that leftover turkey.  In short, pace yourself.
3.    Minimize stress: Stress
can lead to elevated
levels, which leads to increased weight gain (a good way to
combat stress is by getting a massage,
you know we had to mention it!).
So there you have it!  Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t
need to be hard, and you don’t need to make a lot of sacrifices.  Small tweaks here and there can make a huge
And above all, don’t forget to prioritize enjoying yourself.  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Healing Hands!
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