Seven Tips For Staying Healthy For The Holidays

It’s difficult to stay healthy this time of year.

Germs are everywhere; stress levels rise.

Holiday season also brings us into even more contact with germ-ridden people than other times of the year.

(Shopping, parties, travel, etc.)

I was reminded of this fact last week, when I picked up a  sore throat from hell  “bug” while traveling.

I spent the weekend drinking hot tea mixed with lemon and honey.

I occasionally alternated the tea with a “green” juice concoction made of kale, cucumbers, lemon, pineapple, and broccoli.

My throat hurt too much to eat solid food.

My mom emailed me and recommended drinking vinegar.  (Not “any” vinegar, but this vinegar.)

“Vinegar keeps you healthy,” she told me.

My mom is in her eighties and is the healthiest person I’ve ever met.

All of the above, made me start thinking about “home remedies” for various illnesses.

I have pretty healthy lifestyle habits most of the time.

I’m far from perfect, however.

I find when I’m super busy, and/or traveling, everything goes to hell.

I don’t get enough sleep, I don’t hydrate enough, I eat whatever I can find, wherever, and whenever, I get the chance, blah, blah, blah.

In other words, I’m human.

I know there’s no full-proof remedy for staying healthy, but I’m going to concentrate on doing SEVEN very simple things this holiday season:

 Wash my hands over, and over, and over again.  I’m pretty OCD about hand washing already, but I’m going to take it up a notch this holiday season.

 Increase the amount of water/tea I drink each day.

 Add lemon to my water and tea.  (Extra Vitamin C along with a lot of other healthy stuff.  Tastes good too!)

 Increase my intake of dark green, leafy, vegetables.  (I’ll be throwing an extra handful into smoothies every day.)

 In a nod to my mom’s never-ending wisdom, I’m trying to drink a vinegar/honey/water concoction every day.  (gag!  Don’t know if I can do it much longer!)

 Make sleep a bigger priority regardless of how much I *still* have to do each night.

 Say “no” to everything I can possibly say no to until after the holidays.  It isn’t that I don’t WANT to help you/help them/do this/do that … it’s just that there’s never enough time to do it ALL.

OK,

Now it’s your turn.

What’s ONE simple thing you can concentrate on doing to stay healthier this holiday season?

(I’m asking because I’m nosy, but also because you might have some great ideas I can add to my list!)

Ready, set, go …!!

9 Responses to “Seven Tips For Staying Healthy For The Holidays”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    The Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar is EXCELLENT advice from your mom. I know it’s awful, but keep it up; it’s a great immune system booster. Get plenty of rest, too – it’s absolutely essential.

    As for me, after that horrible bronchitis that turned into pneumonia a couple of years ago, the minute I feel something coming on, I start dosing daily with:

    – 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3
    – 1000 mg of vitamin C
    – a double dose of fermented cod liver oil
    – a double dose of butter oil
    – homemade chicken broth.

    Last year, everyone in our office came down with some sort of terrible crud, and Beloved and I were the only people who didn’t end up going to the doctor or taking time off, ours was so mild.

    • Suzanne

      It really does pay off to do all the “right” things.
      I always seem to get sick after air trips, in particular.
      I know a lot of it is probably from sharing the germ-air on the planes, but it’s also when I’m most likely NOT in a healthy routine.

  2. Denise

    I don’t have anything to add except that I take and use Purell everywhere I go. If you aren’t offered wipes when you enter a store, for cleaning the cart, use Purell before and after you touch it.
    My girlfriend gave me some apple cider vinegar and a book of uses. Oh my gosh, I tried it for a while until my body refused and I was sure I would gag. It’s not easy.
    And you just reminded me that we have a lavender farm in Atascadero that I’ve never visited. I must go there! Thanks 🙂

    • Suzanne

      I want to go to the lavender farm! : )
      Yep, the vinegar is nasty.
      I keep thinking there must be a better way to “disguise” it.
      Everything I read about it makes it seem like such a health tonic ….

  3. Mj

    Like you, I am a OCD about handwashing. I carry GermX single pack wipes in my purse ALWAYS. I refuse to touch any door handles with my bare hands nor do I hold onto the rails on escalators or stairs when I use them. Elevator buttons are pushed with my elbow.
    As for eating, I have gone gluten free and my joints feel so much better. I too love smoothies with cucumbers, kale, spinach as well as fruit and honey for sweetness. I also add a heaping teaspoon of this protein powder http://www.vitacost.com/sunwarrior-classic-protein-raw-vegan-gluten-free/?prSrching=0 or this one http://www.sfh.com/products/whey_protein/2lb_bags/pure_whey_-_2lb_bag because they don’t have a nasty taste.
    I don’t eat much meat so I need to use these so I make sure to get enough protein. I must be doing something right because I rarely get sick. Now if only I can get rid of these allergies!
    I sincerely couldn’t do the vinegar thing just because of the gross taste.

    • Suzanne

      I’ll have to look into those protein powders.
      Yep, the vinegar is nasty tasting.

  4. Erica

    Handwashing is important, but make sure to use hand lotion afterwards because chapped skin leaves you vulnerable. That may not happen in California, but in the Midwest you have to add emolients after each wash during the fall and winter.

    Another thing we can all do is stop hugging, or air kissing, everyone when we meet. Handshakes are a risk as well, even though touching a stranger’s hand is the most acceptable way to meet them.

    I know the above behavior makes us look warm and friendly, but it can’t possibly be healthy. Over the years, I have discovered that the more often I hug people, the more susceptible I find I am to whatever happens to be going around. I avoid it now, when I can.

    • Suzanne

      Hand lotion is a must. I even keep it in the car. Our weather isn’t as dry here as yours, but it’s still needed.

      I have a rule … I only hug attractive men.
      : )

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