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    December 2023

    The holiday season is often synonymous with indulgence and festivities, but that doesn’t mean your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and consistent exercises needs to take a backseat. With a mindful approach, you can navigate through the celebrations while prioritizing your well-being. Here are some tips and adjustments you can adopt for maintaining a healthy balance during the holiday season:

    1. Stay Active:
    Incorporate physical activity into your holiday routine. Take brisk walks, enjoy winter sports, or engage in family-friendly activities that get everyone moving. It’s a great way to burn off extra calories and boost your mood. If your routine requires extra items that you can’t travel with, consider using therapy for resistance training. It comes in multiple resistances and takes up very little room.

    2. Mindful Eating:
    Practice mindful eating during holiday feasts. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues, savor each bite, and be aware of portion sizes. Opt for a variety of colorful, nutrient-rich foods, and try to limit the intake of high-calorie, sugary treats.

    3. Hydration is Key:
    Amidst the festive drinks, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Water helps with digestion, supports energy levels, and can even help control appetite. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re enjoying alcoholic beverages.

    4. Plan Balanced Meals:
    When preparing holiday meals, focus on creating a balance of lean proteins, whole grains, and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Experiment with flavorful herbs and spices to enhance the taste without relying on excessive amounts of salt, sugar, or unhealthy fats.

    5. Limit Sugary Treats:
    It’s okay to enjoy holiday desserts, but moderation is key. Choose your favorite treats mindfully and savor them rather than indulging excessively. Consider healthier dessert alternatives, such as fruit salads or yogurt parfaits.

    6. Prioritize Sleep:
    Adequate sleep is crucial for overall well-being. Despite the excitement of the season, ensure you prioritize quality sleep. Establish a consistent sleep routine to support your body’s natural rhythms and enhance recovery.

    7. Manage Stress:
    The holidays can be stressful, so take time for self-care. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to manage stress levels. It’s essential to prioritize mental health alongside physical well-being.

    8. Socialize and Connect:
    Focus on the joy of spending time with loved ones rather than solely on food. Engage in meaningful conversations, play games, or participate in activities that bring people together. Positive social interactions contribute to emotional well-being.

    9. Prepare Healthy Alternatives:
    If you’re hosting gatherings, consider offering healthier alternatives to traditional dishes. Experiment with recipes that incorporate whole grains, lean proteins, and a variety of vegetables. Your guests may be pleasantly surprised by the delicious and nutritious options.

    10. Set Realistic Goals:
    Establish realistic health goals for the holiday season. Rather than aiming for perfection, focus on making mindful choices that align with your well-being. Celebrate the progress you make and remember that balance is key.

    By embracing these tips, you can navigate the holiday season with a focus on health and well-being. If you have any questions, we are here to help you find a balance that allows you to enjoy the festivities while taking care of yourself. Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season from all of us at ScolioAustin!

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