How to Stay Healthy at Christmas

How to Stay Healthy at Christmas

With all of its decadent foods, parties and related errands, Christmas is enough to put anyone at risk of getting sick. However, you can stay healthy during the entire holiday season if you know what to do and how to protect yourself.

Eat a healthy diet. Remember to eat plenty of vegetables (raw or cooked), low fat meats (such as white meat turkey), fruits (such as citrus fruits) and whole grains. If you would like to have a Christmas treat, such as a sugar cookie, a slice of pie or candy, limit your portion size. Eating healthy foods during Christmas will give you energy and help keep you healthy at the same time.

Get plenty of rest. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep every night during the holiday season. If you feel tired and need to take a nap during the day, try your best to do so. Also, try not to overexert yourself during the holiday season. If you need extra rest, remember that you don’t have to go to every holiday event or party you receive an invitation to. Staying well rested during the Christmas season goes a long way towards keeping you healthy.

Protect yourself from germs. Be sure to always wash your hands especially after using the bathroom and before handling any food. Use antibacterial wipes or gels for quick hand cleaning on the go. Also, try to avoid those that you know are sick to prevent yourself from getting sick as well.

Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and limit the amount of alcoholic beverages you drink. If you do drink during the holidays, remember to alternate non-alcoholic drinks with alcoholic ones and not to drink on an empty stomach. If you do drink at a Christmas party, remember to have a designated sober person drive you home.

Limit your Christmas stress. One way to do this is to plan ahead. Shop for Christmas gifts throughout the year. Mail your Christmas cards early and wrap Christmas presents throughout the month of December. If you can plan ahead and get things done without having to worry about time constraints, you will lower your stress level and increase your chances of staying healthy at Christmas.

Tips & Warnings
Remember to keep up with your regular exercise routine. Staying active will help you feel better and help keep you healthy at Christmas time. Try to exercise outside if you can. Exposure to natural light can also help keep you healthy.

By an eHow Contributor


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