How to Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Season

Healthy habits for the holidays

Just because I specialize in being a Vein Doctor (technically interventional radiologist) doesn’t mean that’s the only area of medicine that concerns me. My patient’s, and the community’s, overall health is also at the top of my priority list. What many patients don’t understand is that their overall health, both mental and physical, goes a long way towards contributing to individual, specific issues, like varicose veins and other venous disorders.

Everyone loves the holidays. It’s that wonderful time of the year where generosity seems to be contagious. My gift to all of Northern Illinois this year is some wonderful health tips that are sure to keep you merry throughout the winter.  You may find that some of these tips are difficult to implement at first, but I am sure you will notice a tremendous difference in your energy levels and overall mood if you consistently do what is discussed below. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Start The Day With a Healthy Breakfast

Like many of the tips in this blog, this is one you have probably heard since you were a kid. They weren’t kidding! Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip and don’t skimp. Eat a healthy meal to start your day strong. A healthy breakfast should consist of healthy grains and plenty of protein to give you plenty of energy to get you through even the most demanding of mornings. Studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast will give you more energy and promote successful weight control.

Exercise Regularly

With all the engagements and parties it sometimes gets difficult to maintain a consistent workout routine. Many people complain that they can’t work out because things are too stressful. That’s the most important time to work out as studies have shown that regular workouts, even lower intensity workouts like jogging and running, increase energy levels and boost metabolism. It helps to include friends and family members in your workout time.

Eat Healthy Snacks

This might be tough during the holiday season with all the sweets and baked goods at your disposal. They are delicious so we don’t blame you for dabbling every now and then, but pack yourself some healthy snacks like veggie sticks(carrots and celery for example), fruits (apple slices, etc…), and unsalted nuts. This will help keep your energy levels high throughout the day without packing on extra pounds so you can still fit into that favorite Christmas sweater.

Viva las Vitamins!

A once a day multivitamin gives you all the vitamins you need that you often don’t get (or get enough of) through your normal diet. In addition to keeping your energy levels high, it also helps boost your metabolism so that you get the most out of your meals.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a healthy and energetic holiday season. From me, Dr. Rimas Gilvydis (Northern Illinois favorite vein doctor), and all of us here at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season!