Holiday Survival Tip #25

Healthy Holidays Tip #25: What We’re Talking About on Christmas

Here are the top-five most talked about holiday survival tips of 2011:

1.  A New Healthy Tradition
Your family tree can help predict, or possibly prevent, future health problems. Knowing the health history of your grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, cousins, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren is important, especially when determining your risk for cardiovascular diseases or vascular diseases, cancer and genetic illnesses such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

2.  Supplements for Stress Relief
Anticipating a stressful family dinner? What about a stressful day at the overcrowded mall? The experts at Sharecare suggest Suma, Theanin and Calcium and Magnesium as stress-reducing supplements for your toughest of days.

3. Secrets to a Heart-Healthy Holiday
What you eat this holiday season can directly affect your heart health.  Ditch the fatty meat dishes for lean cuts of meat, and use fat-free evaporated milk for the mashed potatoes for a healthier holiday feast. If you’re at a holiday buffet or party, fill up with water first and skip seconds!

4.  4 Steps to Happy Holiday Skin
The holidays aren’t just about eating healthy and feeling good, right? They’re also about looking good. After all, there are many parties to attend. Dr. Audrey Kunin says 8 hours of sleep, drinking lots of water, exercise and multivitamins are four essential ways to keeping your skin looking great during the holidays.

5.  Avoid the Holiday Muffin Top
We get it, it’s hard to say no to the dessert table. Avoid that muffin top by making time for your fitness this holiday season.  Take the stairs and be open to new exercise routines even if it’s freezing outside. If you’re the king or queen of the holiday party circuit, be sure to fill half your buffet plate with vegetables, salad and fruit, a fourth of your plate with lean proteins and the last fourth of your plate for your favorite holiday dish.

File under: Healthy Holidays


Taylor Dahl

Taylor Dahl is the Associate Editor and Web Producer at Sharecare. Taylor has experience in digital, print and social media for companies such as Time Inc., Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing and the United States Marine Corps. Favorite exercise: dog-walking or the elliptical. Health vice: Diet Coke. Wellness goal: lose 15 pounds on the Transformation Nation program.

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