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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Are you worried about how you will stay healthy during the holidays? Does this time of year fill you with dread rather than the joy of the season? Dr. Mark Hyman has several suggestions for those who want to survive the holidays with their health intact.

The first idea on Dr. Hyman’s list is planning ahead. Waiting until the last minute and scrambling to get things done only creates more stress. Instead, think ahead about what tasks you need to get done and check them off your list.

He also recommends boosting your immune system by taking supplements. These include:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamins C and D.
  • Omega-3
  • Probiotics

If you are traveling this year, consider packing an emergency rations kit of food. Airports, bus depots, trains stations, and the Interstate off-ramp don’t usually have healthy options. That’s why you should pack a small kit of food when you need a snack but don’t want to eat junk. Dr. Hyman recommends a combination of nuts, sliced carrots, and celery, a can of sardines, grass-fed jerky, hard-boiled eggs, and a healthy protein bar. Also, don’t forget a bottle of water too.

Another problem that affects us during this time of year is feeling down-and-out. Winter weather can affect our mood, which is why Dr. Hyman suggests the following:

  • Get out of the house for a walk.
  • Eat healthy while avoiding things like refined carbs, sugars, and alcohol.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule, even when traveling.
  • Check with your healthcare provider regarding supplements like omega-3, B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, and 5-HTP.

Of course, one of the big components of the holidays is food. Consider these tips.

  • Eat protein first.
  • If you have food urge have a plan in place.
  • Choose foods like vegetables that have low-glycemic levels. Avoid those containing heavy starches.
  • Also avoid triggering foods such as alcohol, caffeine, and heavily processed sugar.

Remember too that the purpose of the holidays is to bring people together. Concentrate primarily on community and celebration.

Want to learn more about Dr. Hyman’s suggestions? You can read the full article here:  My Holiday Survival Guide.