By Kristen DeAngelis
The holiday months are a “giving” season but we may forget the most important gift of all – the gift of respecting our own health! Between stressful shopping, party planning, and helping others, we lose sight of our personal needs. Make this New Year a time to honor your health, by making specific and realistic goals for sustainable healthy changes.
1.) Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The average American gains 2-5 pounds over the holidays. Weight gain overtime leads to obesity, an estimated $118 billion dollar concern due to cancer and other disease related costs.
2.) Eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to aid in healthy weight loss.
3.) Practice mindfulness meditation. Studies show the importance of mindfulness can lead to positive change by helping to stick with new healthy behaviors, decrease anxiety and stress levels, and improve quality of life.
4.) Regular activity. Studies prove that just 30 minutes of regular daily walking can reduce risk of developing cancer and disease while helping to supplement weight loss goals.
5.) Drink Water to prevent overeating and mistaking hunger cues for thirst.