Healthy Holiday Tips from the Wellness Experts at SouthCoast Health

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The holidays are here! While this is the perfect time to celebrate, spend time with loved ones, and relax, SouthCoast Health wants to remind you not to forget about your health goals. To keep you on track, check out these tips directly from our physicians and staff!

Aim to drink more water and avoid sugary, sweet drinks. Fix a plate with healthy portion sizes that have bigger heapings of green vegetables versus the notorious carbs of the season. Still, remember to enjoy this time. The holidays only come around once a year, so grab yourself a slice of pie. But only one.

It can be extremely tempting to be dormant during the holidays, but I’m challenging you to get yourself and your family moving. Go on a hike in a new area, play some flag football out in the front yard, take the dog for an extra-long walk. Those ideas may seem small, but they make a world of a difference in keeping up your health regiment. Check out these other ideas on how to stay active during the holidays.

Schedule your yearly physical exams during the holiday season. With extra downtime and all your loved ones nearby, it’s the perfect time to make sure everyone is healthy and safe. Remember, the best way to prevent most severe and fatal diseases is by scheduling annual exams so that you and your doctors can catch anything before it’s too late. 

If you’re diabetic or struggle with elevated cholesterol, the holidays can be a difficult time. You have to think really hard about what you eat, which is the exact opposite of what most people do during this time of year. However, don't let you yourself get too stressed, and rely on the help of others to keep you accountable. Avoid the foods you know will cause your levels to spike, and stay true to your outlined health goals. If you have any more questions, schedule an appointment with our Diabetic Self-Management Training Sessions.

If you use a flex spending account that has still has money on it, stop by our optical shop to spend it before it expires. New glasses are the perfect way to take care of yourself this holiday season, especially when you’re entirely covered. It’s a busy time for us this year, because of this very reason.

The best thing you can do for your kids this holiday season is to lead by example. Encourage them to get outside and play, not be glued to their electronic devices all day. Make sure there are plenty of healthy food options for them to pile up on their plates during holiday meals. Also, be sure you're following the same rules you set for them! Parent’s know best, after all.

Sometimes the holidays can really affect our sleep cycles. I’d encourage everyone to try their very best to keep to a regular sleep schedule. Don’t stay up too late past your regular bedtime, and the same is true for when you usually wake up. Be aware of the drinks and food you consume as well, as those can cause you to sleep fitfully, especially caffeine and alcohol.

If you’re looking to get more personalized advice for staying healthy during the holiday season, give us a call at 912-691-3600 to schedule an appointment today!


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