Healthy Holiday Habits

Posted On December 19, 2019
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Winter break is here! It is the perfect time, to rest, recharge and enjoy some freedom. With this much needed time off, it can be easy to overindulge and under prioritize. Prioritizing healthy habits with small amounts of indulgence will help us maintain our weight, happiness, productivity and reduce our chance of illness over the break.

Harvard Health Executive, Patrick Skerrett, and U.S. News and World Report contributor Dr. Cedric Bryant recommend these tips to help keep us on track over the break and holiday parties:

  • Keep moving.
    Physical activity can help keep us happy and healthy. Just 5 minutes every hour can keep our bodies smiling. Dancing at holiday parties is a great way to get active. Not feeling like leaving the house? Apps such as Sworkit, Strava and Yoga Wake Up have affordable, quick and fun options for days we would rather stay inside.
  • Hydrate.
    Water helps fuel our brains so that we can make healthy choices. Water also helps negate the negative morning after effects of alcohol.
  • Make lists and plans.
    Organization helps us stay stress free and helps us get tasks accomplishes.
  • Make room for veggies.
    Veggies help make us feel full and provide the necessary nutrients our bodies crave.
  • Indulge for a night, not a season.
    Remember that indulgence is not bad if it is balanced and not a daily choice. Leaving leftovers at the party is a great way to not over do it.
  • Budget wisely.
    Be choosy and spend calories judiciously on the foods you love. If you don’t love it, leave it.
  • Take a 10-minute break between first and seconds.
    Make conversation. Drink some water, then recheck your appetite. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds.
  • Distance helps the heart stay healthy.
    At a party, don’t stand next to the food table. That makes it harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk. If you know you are prone to recreational eating, pop a mint or a stick of gum so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.
  • Don’t go out with an empty stomach.
    Before setting out for a party, eat something so you don’t arrive famished. Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat.
  • Pay attention to what really matters.
    Put the focus on health, family and friends, laughter and cheer.

Georgia State University has many resources to assist you. The Student Recreation Center is a great place to work out or take a class. Nutrition Services can help you balance meals and make healthy food choices. The Counseling Center can help you manage your emotions and stress. The Student Health Clinic can help with illness and injury.

Helpful Numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
Georgia State University Counseling Center After Hours Emergency Line 404-413-1640