Holiday Health Tips

Holiday Health Tips

Here are a few tips on how to avoid overindulging over the holidays

When we think about the winter holidays, we often think about cookies, candies, cocktails, comfort foods, etc. And with all of the stuff easily available in every store, always around at the offices, and all of the holiday parties, it's easy to over-indulge. I mean, I am a huge advocate of treating yourself, but obviously it's possible to over do it. Here are a few tips to stay healthy over the holidays!

1. Limit Yourself

I am guilty of seeing that tray of cookies on the dessert table and firing down a whole dozen by myself. I am also guilty of drinking way too much tequila. However, I find that going into situations that can easily get out of hand with set limits helps me maintain control. That doesn't mean denying yourself those treats! It just means stopping after two or three rather than six or eight (or twelve).

2. Stay Active

When it gets cold, it's easy to just want to stay inside, wrapped in a blanket, watching Hallmark Christmas movies on the sofa. That is a completely acceptable activity to partake in, but make it a point to get in some exercise first! Set aside time to go to the gym a few times every week to balance out all the treats!

3. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is ALWAYS important! Being hydrated is a key component to having accurate hunger cues, too! Sometimes dehydration can be mistaken for hunger and lead to overeating! So make sure to push the fluids over the holidays - and every day!

4. Get Enough Sleep

This is another factor that is ALWAYS important to being healthy! With all of the holiday parties and shopping, it's easy to become sleep deprived. Lack of sleep messes up your overall function, including your immune system! Make sure to get enough sleep every night (about 8 hours) in order to avoid sickness!

5. Don't Skip the Greens

Make good snack and meal choices as frequently as you can! Just because there is a jar of cookies on the counter doesn't mean they have to be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Fit those five daily servings of fruit and veggies in each day!

6. Share the Wealth

If you are like me, you are just going to keep eating cookies as long as they are around until they are gone. So, share them! If you find yourself with too many treats to eat on your own, give some away!

7. Don't Force It If You Don't Want It

Listen to your hunger cues. If you feel full, don't force yourself to eat that extra serving of mashed potatoes or to finish the whole box of chocolates or whatever it may be. It's okay to save some for later - leftovers are the best!

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If Basic College Majors Were Their Already-Failed New Year's Resolutions

These were all set up to be major failures, anyway.

February is off to the races, and for most of us, that means our New Year's Resolutions have already been broken numerous times. Your major gives a lot of insight into what type of person you are, what resolutions you set and which you've already broken, so let's see what you've failed this year, shall we?

Journalism: "I'm going to journal every night!"

Yeah, you love writing and documenting your life in a journal seems like a great idea! The story of your life, right?! Wrong. Your life is boring and writing "went to class and six meetings today" is not great journal material.

Communication: "I'm going to call my family once a week!"

Communicating with people is your major, so this one makes a ton of sense until it is Sunday night on week three and you realize you haven't called anyone yet.

Pre-Med: "I'm going to get more sleep!"

Who are you kidding? You're studying to be a freaking doctor, you don't get sleep.

Business: "I'm going to budget and spend less money!"

At least you understand the value of money, but you're still a pizza and alcohol-loving college student. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Public Relations: "I'm going to cut back on the coffee!"


Education: "I'm going to be more patient!"

You're so close until a tiny child talks back to you at 8 o'clock in the morning and you realize this is not the profession for patience goals.

Music: "I'm going to learn a new hobby!"

You already know an instrument which is more than most can say. Why learn some other cool talent at this point?

Nursing: "I'm going to drink eight cups of water a day!"

You know water is so good for you, but after clinicals, four exams and about seven hours of homework, you really just need coffee and vodka in an IV.

Political Science: "I'm going to be more civil on social media!"

Well, if people posted less ignorant things I wouldn't have to educate them...

Psychology: "I'm going to manage my stress better!"

Day two and you're already stress eating and crying in campus bathrooms, but at least you understand the theories as to why this is happening to you.

Dietetics: "I'm going to eat super healthily!"

Just because your major is all about living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean that you can't appreciate an entire pizza or five.

Computer Science: "I'm going to be more productive!"

It is hard to be productive when you know how to do hundreds of cool things on your computer, AND make it look like you're taking notes while doing it.

Exercise Science: "I'm going to go to the gym six times a week!"

You know it's good for you. You know the benefits. But damn it if your bed isn't also good for you.

History: "I'm going to live in the moment!"

Well, you're a history major for a reason.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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