How To Avoid The Emergency Room Over The Holidays
The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, the most festive time of year is also one of the busiest for emergency rooms. The holidays are one time of the year when you really want to feel your best. But there also a minefield of health woes, from cold and flu bugs, to eating too much sugar or gluten, to party hangovers. So lets learn how to avoid the emergency room this year.
Beyond getting the flu vaccine, there’s a lot you can do to help your body weather the season. As much as the holidays is for you to enjoy, your health and safety should remain a priority too. It’s also easy to bite into some gluten without knowing it until you start feeling the effects on your gut. Gluten Free Fitness can show you how to keep healthy — and merry — as you shop, travel, eat and celebrate.
Continue With Your Exercise Routine
Starting on Thanksgiving, a lot of us find our exercise regimen falling by the wayside. “another slice of pie won’t hurt” can quickly snowball—and by January 1. We’re cursing ourselves this time of year. With so many holiday events revolving around food and cocktails, it’s easy to add on the extra pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year, if not more so. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day. Sticking to a routine as best you can and having a solid plan in place, even if you veer off track a little, is a great strategy to stay healthy through the season… and create a habit that will continue into your New Years resolution.
Exercising your body first thing in the morning sets the day right and helps your body stay stress-free during this busy season. Plus, getting your workout done and out of the way early in the day ensures nothing comes between you and your fitness goals. A quick, 15-minute toning routine or walk will make a huge difference in your energy levels for the day. As the weather cools, stretching is even more important, as is having indoor exercises you can do. Yoga and other flexibility-enhancing movements are helpful at keeping us youthful. ‘We are as young as our spine is flexible’ as I like to say. Working with weights and doing aerobic exercise are vital to staying fit and strong to support immune function and circulation. A vital body rarely gets sick.
It’s important to keep active during the holiday, even if you cannot devote as much time as you usually do to your fitness regime.
In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching football games or eating. Remember: too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity (say, pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors.
Continue Eating Fruits And Vegetables
It’s normal to worry about the impact the holiday season might have on your diet. You’ve been working hard and made progress over the course of the year. With each bite of less than healthy food you rejected, you’ve moved one step closer to your goal. Nice Work! But seasonal cheer and yuletide greetings typically bring parties, pastries, and plenty of temptation to devour gluten. Not to mention, longer nights and shorter days make staying in a much cozier option than getting up and braving the cold to exercise! This time of the year is filled with tempting treats and seasonal delicacies, many of which are not considered “healthy”, especially for celiacs.
Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt’s green been casserole, or Christmas at grandma’s always means sweet potatoes smothered in brown sugar and marshmallows, or pies from Mom with tasty sugar-covered fruit pies… but this doesn’t mean they are healthy.
Sweet treats and rich meals can be landmines for health-conscious or gluten-free or diabetic people, yet no one wants to feel deprived during the festive season. No need to fear — there are sensible ways to navigate this territory that you can do for yourself.
- Don’t eat something just because it’s holiday food. Listen to your body.
- Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation.
- Holiday foods are full of “acid formers” like sugar, alcohol, and meat, so make sure you balance all those rich foods with plenty of “alkaline formers” like lemons, fruits, vegetables and organic greens.
- Focus on fruits and vegetables as they provide the much needed nutrients required for your body to function properly.
Maintain A Gluten Free Diet
The holiday season is recognized for joyous times with friends and family, but it can be quite stressful too. Traveling, shopping, and running errands during the holidays can lead to fast food, skipping meals, or not really paying close attention to important diet details. Preparing gluten free meals for your family and loved ones will go a long way in keeping them healthy and strong at all times of the year.
Preparing your own holiday gluten free meal is the perfect way to ensure that you’ll be eating delicious, healthy recipes. Nutritional supplements can be used to support your health as well. Immune supportive nutrients may help you prevent common illnesses.
Avoid Over Eating Fats And Sugars
Everyone’s overly busy during the holidays, and most of us want to spend our time shopping, decorating, or seeing friends and family, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. During the holidays, know what foods help you feel and do your best, then focus more on giving your body what it needs (such as fruits and vegetables) and less on trying to avoid certain foods. Eat sweets in moderation and make sure you also get your protein, fiber and healthful fats.
Alcohol consumption is also a big thing to watch out for, along with sugar-filled soft drinks. These pack more calories per unit of volume than anything else you’ll consume during the holidays. It’s equally important to keep water in your system.
Find A Balance
Holidays can be a stressful time. You may be working, and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family.
Remember this time of year is all about enjoying yourself with friends and family. Definitely don’t deprive yourself of the things you love most about the season, Just be sure to stay on track during the days before and after the party. When you stick to a healthy lifestyle and stay consistent, you have wiggle room for a little indulgence here and there while maintaining a gluten free diet, your body remains in complete fitness and you avoid the emergency room this holiday. Here is a great article to further your reading titled: Health Indicators
As the holidays approach, don’t let safety take a backseat to celebration. This is a period that should be enjoyed with loved ones and good cheer, not a trip to the emergency room.