“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
It’s that time of year—The Holidays!
While children bop around waiting to open presents, malls are littered with shoppers preparing for parties and reunions throughout the town.
However, it can be a difficult time for many.
- Memories of loved ones who’ve passed away.
- Attempts to lose weight despite tempting feasts and treats.
- Financial worries.
We have found that many health-conscious people often lose sight of their goals this time of year, be it for one of the reasons above or just general wintertime stress.
We at iGalen want you to have a healthy holiday season, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 Tips to help you stay motivated. We hope they help you and inspire those you share them with.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #1: Avoid Changing Your Sleep Schedule
“What you keep for yourself, you lose. What you give away, you keep forever.” Axel Munthe
Staying up late and getting up earlier than usual is a common issue around the holidays, and (for many) it throws a “wrench” in their natural systems.
We often preach about keeping a consistent sleep schedule because, when you change that schedule, it can wreak havoc on your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
For your health, keep your normal schedule and do not allow others to talk you into those late night excursions and early-morning shopping sprees.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #2: Only Eat What You Truly Love
“I change myself, I change the world.” Gloria Anzaldua
We have a tendency to fill our holiday meal plates to the brim, often with food we’d rather not have. Perhaps you’re having Aunt Mabel’s potato salad to make her happy, or Cousin Gertrude’s cherry custard she’s been pushing on you all evening. Regardless, it’s important to “love” the food you’re feasting on.
An often difficult prospect, we know, but we are talking about your health and wellbeing.
Our suggestion? Only eat what you truly love. Skip the “like” items. Gertrude and Mabel will get over it.
And do remember that the iGalen product Emulin can help you manage those obesity-causing carbohydrates that are ever-so-present at family gatherings. You can purchase Emulin here.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #3: Have Conversations
“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” Mary Anne Radmacher
The way we see it—and this may sound blunt to many—there are two things we primarily do with our mouths: talk and eat.
Our suggestion? Talk more and eat less!
Engage in conversation with the people around you. Studies have found that when people socialize with strangers, they eat less and smile more.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #4: Drink Plenty Of Water
“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Alcohol, sweets, and snack items at Holiday festivities can put some serious damage to our health and well being, but water can be our saving grace.
By consistently drinking water during these get-togethers, your system can go without the unhealthy stuff. If you have a glass of wine, champagne, or perhaps a mixed drink, be sure to drink a full bottle of water afterwards. This will help you easily say no to another.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #5: Keep The Focus On The Fun Instead Of The Food
“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Here is where you break out your leadership skills.
Many people focus on feasts during the holiday season rather than on the festivities. However, simple things like party games—especially physical ones—can distract from the maze of fattening foods.
Game of volleyball anyone?
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #6: Eat Slow
“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” Charles Lamb
Research has shown that we can eat faster than our brains can register. This is why so many people leave all-you-can-eat buffets feeling wonderful but wonder fifteen minutes later why they ate so much.
The best way to allow your brain to catch up is to eat slowly. Savor each bite, especially things you love. Remember to follow Tip #4. This will keep you from overindulging while still enjoying every bite. That way, you can play a round of basketball with your family later on.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #7: Do Not Neglect Your Daily Exercise Routine
“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” D.M. Dellinger
This is another area where many people “fall” this time of year.
Why neglect an exercise routine just because of the holidays?
We understand that you are busier, but remember that your health is most important. By staying active, you will be better able to handle all other tasks.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #8: Park In The Back 40
“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” W. C. Jones
Shopping does not have to be as stressful as it is.
Many of us drive around the parking lot burning gallons of gas searching for a parking spot near the store. But there are plenty of spots about one or two blocks away.
Put on your walking shoes and some comfortable clothes; it’s your opportunity to get some exercise before you spend money on gifts.
Just park in the back and enjoy your walk to the store!
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #9: Maintain Immunity And Mental Support
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” Thomas S. Monson
The holiday season can be hard on our immune systems, but nutritional supplements can be quite helpful to keep our systems running optimally.
Vitamin C and E, as well as Selenium and Zinc, can help us have powerful support for our immune systems.
And for your mental health, we highly recommend the iGalen product that comes from a volcanic lake in the Northwest United States.
KlaMax has properties that will help you control the integral stress, anxiety, and depression of the holiday season.
Healthy Holiday Season Tip #10: Control Sugar Intake
“It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” Agnes M. Pharo
This may seem to contradict Tip #1 but you can control the amount of sugar you’re consuming if you really measure the intake of foods you love.
One great idea is to make your own sweet treats using natural sweeteners.
When you are indulging in sugary treats, be sure to drink plenty of water because it counters the urge to have more.
We hope with all of our hearts that these tips help you keep healthy and happy during this wonderful holiday season.
Remember that no matter what you do or where you are, staying healthy should be your focus so that you can enjoy many more holidays with those you love.
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From all of us here at iGalen, we want to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Holiday Season.
Thank you, and please do share this with all your friends and family.