Healthy You: Holiday Hectics – How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays


The holidays are the worst time to get sick and it seems that is exactly what happens! Days before the big holiday feast, you wake up with the sniffles or even worse, the kids do! Staying healthy over the hectic holiday season is just a matter of remembering your everyday healthy habits!

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Wash those Hands: This one maybe easy to forget (or at least the kids may need some reminding!). It’s important to remember that most acute illnesses are due to poor hygiene and the easiest way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Keep Hydrated: During this time of year, we tend to drink more sugary drinks – hot chocolate, egg nog – which I am okay with in moderation but we seem to forget to drink water. My suggestion is to have a pitcher filled with water available in the fridge at all times. If water doesn’t excite you, then try putting slices of oranges and lemons to add some zest and flavor or perhaps making a pitcher of herbal iced tea.

Think Color and Protein: When preparing meals, think about whole colorful foods. They are very nutritious and extremely tasty! Protein helps sustain you for longer periods (therefore helps in over snacking) and keeps your blood sugar levels balanced (i.e. no crazy mood swings).

Take Time for Yourself: Try to get up a little early and begin your day with some exercise – a brisk walk, yoga or a trip to the gym. The morning is a perfect time because as the day gets busy, exercise is one of the last things that we will want or find the time to do.

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Visit Dr. Heather, ND and Human Body Detectives series for kids, to learn more about Dr. Heather and her mission to have families be more proactive and healthy in their lives. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @drheathernd and HBD on Facebook.


About Author

Dr. Heather Manley (from Toronto presently living in Hawaii), who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of Human Body Detectives, her educational series of story-telling audiobooks and accompanying activity workbooks. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.

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