Some quick holiday tips from Internist, Dr. Danney Drewry
Can you believe it? It’s that time of the year again… Yep – the holidays. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or Hanukah, these holidays bring special meaning to us.
In the spirit of holiday giving, I would like to provide a few quick tips to keep you healthy and happy this festive time of year.
1. Don’t overindulge.
I’m not the kind of doctor who is going to tell you to skip Grandma’s homemade dessert. The one you’ve been waiting twelve long months for, but I do think it’s reasonable to have one slice of that pumpkin pie vs. two.
Make a plan for your tasty treats:
- Are desserts your weakness? Then simply cut back on the main course.
- If you can’t resist that turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy – only take half the dessert.
- You decide. You are in control and you know your limits.
Heart disease or high blood pressure: don’t overdo it on the salt! Know what kind of food and drinks contain salt.
Diabetes: I can’t emphasize enough; know your limits when it comes to sugars. Believe me, there is nothing worse than a trip to the ER on Christmas or Thanksgiving.
2. Try not to forget about exercise.
Let’s be real, we are not all training for a marathon, but exercising 3-4 times per week for a total of 90-120 minutes has multiple proven health benefits.
If you have an exercise routine, don’t stop during the holidays.
If you don’t exercise, let this time of year be your motivation to get started.
3. Don’t drink and drive.
This is pretty self-explanatory but every year people do it. There are holiday parties and get togethers, and drinks are all around.
Know your limits and remember buzzed driving is drunk driving!
4. Remember to wash your hands.
Certainly not a very exciting topic, but one of the most important. This is the time of year when we all come together to share memories and coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands with soap under warm running water for 20 seconds to prevent the spreading of unwanted germs.
5. Handle and prepare food safely.
Nothing puts a damper on a festive gathering more than a bout of food poisoning!
The best way to prevent this is to make sure all food has been cleaned and cooked to the appropriate temperature.
Keep all contaminated surfaces clean and remember, again, wash your hands.
6. Try to manage your stress.
This time of year is arguably the most stressful time of the year for many of us. It’s well documented that increased levels of stress have negative effects on your physical and mental health.