Stay healthy through the holidays
It’s tough to stick to a healthy routine every hour of every day every other month of the year, but the holiday season brings a whole host of new challenges. When the height of cold and flu season is jam-packed with parties, full of warming cocktails and tantalizing treats, it can seem impossible to stay on track. Here’s how you can minimize the damage you do in December, guaranteeing a more joyful January.
Limit your sugar
Dr. Sara Celik, a naturopath, homeopathic master clinician and national spokesperson for Renew Life Canada, suggests limiting your sugar intake throughout the season – though it’s not just about fitting into your NYE LBD. Dr. Celik notes that “sugar has a dramatic effect on the immune system for hours after consumption,” so skip the holiday candy each day and you might just keep the doctor away. Craving something sweet? Try these guilt-free snack ideas.
Eat more fruit
Since you’re staying away from the sweet table, you’ll need a dessert replacement, and fruit just so happens to fit the bill. Dr. Celik recommends strawberries, grapefruits and oranges, which are all high in immune-boosting vitamin C.