Winter Holidays and Health

Last month I shared ways to stay healthy mentally and physically as the Holiday season gets going. Halloween is just days away and Thanksgiving looms large. Remember, do what makes you happy. Stress will lower your resistance to infections and illnesses.

Winter holidays are mostly religious observations and where two or more are gathered, there you will find food. The same rules, which are more like guidelines, apply throughout the year. Go to a potluck carrying a dish that you like and that will be healthy for everyone. Partake of the healthy foods and sample tiny bites of your favorites or something new you haven’t tried before. Farm to fork should be your motto.

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Green beans are a healthy dish, but put them in a can and you have too much sodium already. Put them in a casserole and add canned soup and fried onions, and we have passed healthy and left it in the dust. This link will give you lots of healthy Thanksgiving meals to whip up, including a green bean casserole. I’m going to steam some fresh green beans, stir in plain Greek yogurt, add Mrs. Dash herb and garlic seasoning, top with toasted sliced almonds, and see how close I get to the taste I remember. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Another unhealthy aspect of these holidays is the buying of presents. How much can you spend, will the recipient really like this, should I ask what they want or try to surprise them? Stress. Shopping at the malls during flu season should be against the law. Try to do most of your shopping on line. Set a per person dollar limit, and ask that they also spend no more than that amount in return. If you have a large family, organize the drawing of names, so that you only have to buy one adult present. Kids are much easier to buy for.

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Just remember, you are not in this alone. You may have family and loved ones who will help with planning so don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Also, look at this list of holidays celebrated around the world. Humans do like to party.

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And don’t be afraid to chuck it all and choose to celebrate something entirely different this year. Like Newtonmas. Or Yalda. Maybe you can start your own, quiet day at home holiday. Of course you want to consider your family, but in the long run, you are responsible only for your own health and well being. Make good choices.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.


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