3 Tips for Family Health Through the Holidays
By Genevieve Cunningham
It’s almost the holidays. They’re so close, we can practically taste them! The holiday season brings a lot of things to mind for many people. Giving, compassion, and of course, family are some of the most common themes. When it comes to family, most are concerned with two things -- quality time and health. While each person will have to find their own way to spend quality time with loved ones, there are some common things that everyone can do to help improve health and protect the family unit. To keep your family healthy through the holidays, take a look at these tips.
Stay on a Schedule
It’s so tempting to fall into any old schedule during the holidays. Sleep until noon? Sure! Eat donuts for dinner? Why not! Hot cocoa and microwave popcorn for a midnight snack? Let’s do it! While a few treats and late nights certainly won’t hurt too much, it’s best to keep everyone on as normal of a schedule as possible. Try to wake everyone up at a reasonable hour, stick to meal times, and keep a basic schedule for most days during the holiday season. This makes it a lot easier to manage weight gain, keep energy levels high, and protect mental health for the whole family.
Boost Everyone’s Immune System
The holidays, in most places, mean a little change in weather and massive exposure to many people. This combination means germs are everywhere! It’s no wonder that this is a time of year for colds, flu, and constant illness. If you want to keep illness away from the family, try boosting everyone’s immune system. Stock up on Vitamin C supplements and foods. Drink plenty of chicken soup on cold nights and layer up if you’re going out. Keep up an exercise routine, and don’t let anyone become too sedentary. These tips will help keep the immune system strong and illness away from your home.
Binge on Purpose
The holiday season is a time for plenty of comfort foods, desserts, and very little in the way of movement. This often leads to weight gain for everyone. If you want to avoid this collective weight gain in your family, make bingeing something that is done on purpose. Plan it ahead of time. Stick to a healthy diet … and then binge on desserts at Christmas. Don’t increase your caloric intake … except on Thanksgiving Day. It’s OK to have a cheat meal or day, especially during the holidays. But by planning ahead, you can stick to healthy eating habits and get right back on schedule when the holidays are over.
The holidays are fun and magical. But they end. And when they do, we all want our families to have their health intact. Use these tips to protect your family this season, and enjoy the happiness and health that may last all year long.
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