HEALTH / FITNESS
Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss
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- January Recipes
- Exercise Videos
- How to Deal with Post-holiday Stress
January Recipes - Click Here
The new year brings new hope for better things to come. In that light, we have put together a menu of traditional new year favorites that are fabled to bring good luck to all who indulge in them. This meal will make it easy to make resolutions and keep to them, hoping that good luck will come when you vow to make changes or just become a better you. Try to be the one who finds the surprise in the cake, and you'll have even more good luck!! Happy New Year to all from us and here's hoping you'll have all the luck you need in 2019!!!
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Exercise Videos - Click Here
In previous issues we have featured simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and without buying fancy expensive equipment. You can view these videos on our Youtube channel.
How to Deal with Post-holiday Stress
When the holidays are over, you may find yourself searching for your most forgiving clothes as your body deals with the effects of a little too much food. Then there's the guilt, that mental wince when you remember that extra piece of pie or that giant glass of eggnog you wish you could take back in the cold light of day. Unfortunately, there's no way to un-eat what you ate, but you can do some damage control and get back on track for the new year.
Take Time to Rest
One reason we overindulge this time of year is stress. Elizabeth Scott, About.com's Stress Management Guide, reminds us that the holidays can send stress-levels skyrocketing. "Too many activities, even if they are fun activities like baking, shopping and partying, can culminate into too much holiday stress and leave us feeling frazzled rather than fulfilled." In fact, holidays often force us into too much of everything -- too much eating, drinking, shopping and even too much togetherness with family members, which can lead to holiday burnout and, ultimately, more stress.
Just a few things you may experience after a holiday include:
- muscle tension
- trouble sleeping
- bloating or fatigue from too much fat or sugar
- guilt from eating too much
Rather than let these feelings take over, use these ideas to deal with that post-holiday stress:
Get moving. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but getting the blood flowing is the perfect remedy for a food hangover. Think simple -- walking, light strength training, or yoga. Even a few minutes can boost your mood and your energy levels.
Drink water. That bloating you're experiencing could be due to an overload of salt, which can cause water retention. Many holiday favorites contain way more salt than the body needs, so drinking extra water can help you get rid of the extra bloat.
Eat lightly. After eating too much, you may be tempted to declare, "I'll never eat again!" You may also be amazed that you're actually hungry after all that eating. Starving yourself, however, isn't the answer. Nibble on light fare such as salad, soup, sandwiches and fruit to give your body nutrients without overloading it with calories.
Make a plan. One of the worst side effects of eating too much is the guilt that comes after. Guilt is sometimes inevitable, but you can use that feeling to motivate you into something better. Make a plan for the next few days for how you'll get back on track with your eating and exercise. Just the act of planning can make you feel better...just make sure you follow through.
Plan for the future. Last, take some time to think about the mistakes you made this season and what you can do to avoid those same mistakes in the future. Doing this can also help you make good choices more consistently so that overindulgence isn't a frequent problem.
We all overindulge from time to time and, during the holidays, it's easy to get derailed from our healthy habits. Getting back on track right away is one of the best ways to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes from overindulgence. Each healthy choice you make is a reminder of your commitment to being healthy and fit all year-round.