Make The Holidays Healthier

As the holidays approach, it is important to still keep your health a priopity. Anyone could admit to gaining a couple extra pounds during the holidays. So much good (but fattening) food is being prepared and lots of eggnug to drink.

Here are some helpful tips to be mindful of when celebrating the holidays:

1. Avoid over piling food on your plate. Our brains and stomache typically want to eat all the food that is placed in front of us. So this can help with overstuffing yourself. Eat smaller proportions throughout the day, instead of 2 huge meals.

2. Eat Slowly. As much as we would love to inhale all of the delish food that has been made, the slower you eat the faster you get full. The communication from your stomach to your brain takes some time and if you are eating slowly, they have time to communcate.

3. Don't forget to workout. During the holidays we are so caught up in vacations or traveling that we don't make time for our daily workouts. The calories that we are intaking need to be burned, that way we don't gain any regrettful weight.

4. Keep your stress-level down. The holidays aren't always jolly and grand. They are sometimes very stressful, with gift buying, even seasonal factors. 

Author
Adebola Oyekoya, MD Adebola Oyekoya, MD, leads Guardian Physicians, located in the Sandy Springs neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, as a family medicine physician. She offers the highest quality primary care in all areas, but she especially enjoys preventive care and treating chronic and acute conditions. Dr. Oyekoya earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of Lublin, a globally-ranked institution in Lublin, Poland. Afterward, she came to the United States, where she completed a residency in family medicine at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She’s passionate about providing advanced, comprehensive care for adolescents and adults, including specialized geriatrics care. Dr. Oyekoya offers patient-focused services, personalized to fit every unique individual who walks through the door. She also makes sure to inform and educate her patients so that they understand their health and feel empowered to take an active role in their care.

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