The long-awaited season is finally here! It’s a season full of love, characterized by a lot of preparing and eating sumptuous desserts and meals, mingling with crowds, indulging in numerous drinking parties, spending time with loved ones, among many other favorite activities. Most of us end up so engrossed in holidays that we forget our health. Moreover, the same activities that make the holidays fun also tend to affect our health. So how do you ensure you stay healthy during this winter holiday?
1. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
During the winter holidays, numerous occasions deserve raising a glass of your favorite alcohol brand with friends and families. In most of the occasions, we end up consuming excess alcohol. However, it is worth noting that excess alcohol consumption, even if it is once in a while, can have dire consequences on our health. Do you remember the last hangover you had? Well, you don’t want to go through the same again during this holiday, drink responsibly! Ensure you stick to the recommended alcohol consumption, which is less than ten glasses a week for women, and 15 glasses for men. Also, don’t forget to drink a glass of water during that party frequently.
2. Limit Your Food Intake
The major theme of the holidays is eating. However, excess food consumption can lead to digestive problems. Some of these problems include gastroesophageal reflux and indigestion. You can easily avoid these problems by moderating your food intake. Ensure you note when you feel that you have had enough food. Also, eat slowly to ensure that your brain can tell when you’re full. You can also make better eating choices this holiday by eating healthier food instead of overeating sauces, desserts, appetizers, etc. Finally, drink plenty of water to help with digestion. In case of any gastrointestinal problems, contact a healthcare professional for assistance.
3. Don’t Forget to Exercise
Exercising is not only good for your health but also for helping you forget your worries for some time. Staying active can also help you in avoiding stress. This winter holiday, you can engage in indoors work out activities. Instead of or running in the cold weather, you can use a treadmill. Even though you don’t have the needed resources, you still don’t have any excuse for not working out. Simple exercises such as pushups and sit-ups can work magic. You might be tempted to use your working out efforts as an excuse to eating more. Don’t try this as it will ruin your efforts.
4. Avoid Food Poisoning
Most of the food poisoning cases are reported during the holidays. We end up eating foods that have been left out the previous night in the morning. Most of these foods, especially buffets, can present the risks of food poisoning. You can easily avoid food poisoning by following the set food preparation guidelines such as safely preparing foods, cooking, and storing. Also, you should ensure that no cross-contamination occurs and everyone handling the food wash their hands often. Remember to refrigerate any food that remains.