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Monday, December 24, 2018
7 Healthy Things You Can Do Between Christmas and New Year's Day
As much as I enjoy all the holiday gatherings, I'm also glad to see them go. For me, and maybe you too the time between Christmas, and New Year's is when the parties along with all the carbohydrate loaded, fat filled foods are winding down but not completely.
According to the TV news the business travel day of the Christmas holidays is Thursday, December 20th the second being Wednesday, Dec. 26th which means many of us have had from Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 whole days of eating, maybe just a little too much, and way too much of the wrong food groups. Yikes! The only question remains is how many pounds can you gain this year during the holidays? If you are like most, it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 - 10 lbs. and that's just this week, not the weeks leading up to this week.
What I find myself thinking is "no more." I wonder how much more I can take? I feel bloated, fat, head-achy just sick all over. My skin color looks bad, my fingers are swollen, and my clothes are tight just to name a few of the ill affects of my poor food choices. With all that, I vow to start new with the flip of the calendar.
If you too are waiting to January 1st to pledge to yourself and promise this is the last year of excess but now quite ready to make the plunge, you can use the days between now and the new year to get ready. Here are some great ways to get started.
1. Pick a date to get rid of the leftovers. If you're like me, your kitchen is stocked after the holidays with the remains of the huge meals as well as countless breads, cookies, candies and pies that you received as gifts. Pick a date to get rid of them. Don't put them is the freezer of save them for a later date. Throw it way. These foods contribute to many chronic diseases. It may seem drastic but the life you save maybe yours.
2. Inventory your pantry.Take stock in the foods loaded into your food pantry. Eat up the unhealthy foods, give them away, just get them out and don't buy more.
3. Stock up in your refrigerator. Now that you have more room in your fridge, stock it up with healthy stuff like fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains and quick and healthy snacks.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast. Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to insure health ranging from reducing rates of diabetes to increasing weight loss.
6. Make a plan. Is your goal for the new year to lose weight? Exercise more? Eat less red meat? Don't just say the words, make a plan for getting it done. If you have a plan, you're much more likely to put it into action and make it happen in the new year. And remember no plan is a plan too. It's the one you have been using.The default plan.
7. Schedule that checkup. Now is a great time to go ahead and schedule your annual medical check up (blood pressure, cholesterol etc), colonoscopy, mammography and the like. Here's what the CDC recommends>>>