What are your favorite tips to stay healthy over the holidays?

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One tip I might offer for the holidays would be to get involved. DO a few fun things with family and friends during this festival of blessed days. What better way to participate in the spirit of the season. Be sure to seize the moments for what they are, though, because you may not remember them tomorrow or next year.

DO be mindful -- of what you eat and drink and any activities that you think you might enjoy. For example, if the family is headed out to the community ice rink and the kiddos are screeching, “C’mon grandma (or grandpa), you can do it.” Get real. If you haven’t skated in several years or ever, this is not the time for aerial jumps. You’ll be lucky if you just land on your rear and not in ER. Maybe you could be the photographer for the group or the go-to person for homemade cocoa.

I would also avoid any pie eating contests or who can pile whipped cream the highest on their favorite dessert and consume it the fastest. You’re bound to start hallucinating with all that sugar and a snowy white beard dripping off your face is definitely someone else’s photo op.

At any point, should you feel like an old fogey with more lines on your face than a railroad track, keep smiling, and when relatives come up to you and say that you don’t look a bit older than the last time they saw you, just say, “Thank you.” Secretly, you know that one day they’re going to look like old fogeys, too. That should cheer you up.

Now, don’t worry if the memory is a little sketchy. With a revolving door of relatives, you may be asked several times to recall some other family occasion. This is your answer for everything: “I DOOOO remember.” Then give a good chuckle and add: “Tell me your version of it?”  You know how that works.

DO keep a sense of humor. Humor often helps people to cope with just about any situation and it can even soften the blow if feeling marginalized. Should you start to feel overwhelmed with the house full of eclectic, well-meaning personalities (namely family); humor can be your safety net and then just start laughing. Laugh out loud. Laugh a lot. Laugh at yourself. Laughter is guaranteed contagious, but also requires no EMT remedy.

At best, if you remember one thing, let it be this:  Life is like a skateboard. You’ll enjoy the ride of your life a lot longer if you don’t get on it. Happy holidays!

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Wash your hands frequently and use handsanitizer before eating anything away from home.  Yes, even if you took a shower just before leaving home.

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Pace yourself!   Eat a light breakfast (don't skip!).  If possible, maybe you can help with the food preparation if required.  At dinner, don't overload the plate!  Look for the veggies and less at the high caloric items.   Better to walk away not feeling stuffed!  Wait before trying to eat dessert.  Don't sit right after the meal!  Maybe help with the dishes, or take a walk.  If you are going shopping, good.!  Plan to walk a lot!  

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Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy high fiber breakfast skip lunch and then you can have desert at dinner. And when shopping park away from the other cars and walk to the stores. Carry some type of defense ladies no matter where you park.

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Do 15 jumping jacks for every cookie you eat!  🍪

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The best way to stay healthy during the holidays is don’t overeat because food is a major theme of holidays. During Christmas and New Year’s Day people usually eat excess food that leads to digestive trouble also affects your weight and cholesterol level.

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bring my own healthy snacks to the holiday gathering so I won't over-indulge

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Do you have a special trick or tip for keeping up with your healthy habits (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) over the holidays when it's more challenging? Share with us here!

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