The festive season is one of the most challenging parts of the year to stay fit and healthy. Lots of businesses close for the holidays and plenty of families love to travel and go on vacation during this time of the year. Tables are overflowing with tasty morsels to eat and just about every store you pass has an abundance of delicious candies and chocolates on display to tempt you. To top it off, this isn’t the easiest season to stick to a workout program – or to get any form of exercise at all.
These festivities don’t have to affect your health quite as much. It is important to try to stay healthy despite the festivities, especially if you are already dealing with a chronic medical condition like diabetes. Here are a few of the best tips in Chinese Medicine to help you survive these celebrations without sacrificing your health.
1. Control Your Alcohol Intake
Chinese Medicine greatly focuses on maintaining balance in your life. It is important not to overeat or drink too much alcohol. It is perfectly fine to indulge a bit here and there but try to keep your portions moderate and focus on healthy foods as much as possible.
2. Drink Lots of Water
Your mind often tells your body that you are hungry when you feel dehydrated. Drinking lots of water can make you feel fuller and can reduce cravings. A good way to stay hydrated and to avoid overeating is by drinking a glass of water before every meal.
3. Have Fun
Having fun and sharing laughter is wonderful for the soul. Allow yourself to let go of negative thoughts, focus on the good and try to have lots of fun. A good laugh can make you feel a lot better and boosts mental health tremendously.
4. Try To Be Active
Staying active is very important for your body. Movement helps you digest better, can help you burn some of that fat and sugar you consumed and stimulated blood circulation. Look for occasions to move around a lot. You could suggest a healthy family activity like a stroll or walk on a beautiful hiking trail, suggest hosting the party at a poolside where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and try to keep moving between guests at parties so you can be more mobile and active.
5. Get a Lot Of Rest
Staying up late at night to have a few laughs with friends can be great for your mind but you also need to get enough rest during the holidays so you can be ready for work again when your leave is over. Try to get enough sleep at night and try to enjoy some quiet time so your mind can refresh.
6. Try To Focus On Health Foods
If you are can take charge of meal arrangements then try to focus on healthier foods that are low in fat, carbs and sugar. Cooking methods have advanced so much in these past few years and there are so many healthy food options available that taste just as good as foods that are unhealthy.
If you are struggling to stay healthy during the festive season or to at least keep your chronic condition under control then it is also best to book an appointment with your TCM practitioner before the festivities start.
TCM practitioners can offer some great advice to help you stay healthy or can prescribe natural remedies to help you maintain good balance despite everything that is going on. With expert guidance and a little bit of effort from your side, you can enjoy a merry Christmas without feeling ill or without risking your health this season.