The holiday’s have come and gone, the weather has turned chilly and we are facing the possibility of our biggest winter storm to date this week. It seems like everywhere I turn people are sick, whether it is just a simple cold, sinus infections, the flu or the dreaded stomach bug!
In a effort to keep my family–and yours!–healthy, I have pulled together some easy tips for you to follow.
Tips for a Healthy New Year
Eat healthy foods–I don’t know about you but the holiday season wasn’t really a time for me to eat healthy. It was all about comfort foods and cookies, but now that the holiday season is over it is time to get back on track with healthy eating habits, which include reducing caffeine consumption, cutting down on carbs, increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables and eating lots of protein. By eating a diet rich with vitamins and minerals, such as leafy green vegetables and fruits, as well as healthy proteins you are giving your immune system the best chance it has to fight off sickness.
Drink enough water–I try and drink water as often as possible but over the past few weeks I realized that because we were out and about more I was drinking much more soft drinks and sweet teas that I was prior to the holidays. That adds up to a lot of extra, unnecessary calories and I’m trying to get back into the habit of drinking water.
Get more exercise–with the cold mornings and it getting so dark early in the day I have really been slacking on my exercise routine. Who wants to get out of bed in the cold and dark to exercise? Well, I need to get back in the routine so I’m planning on getting started again. I just need to decide if I want to do my old standby of T25 or do I want to try the new Hammer and Chisel routine? Decisions, decisions….
Use my oils–a few months ago, my family started using essential oils and we love them. They smell great and they make us feel great too. Every night we run our diffusers in the bedrooms and it really helps us keep beneficial moisture in our rooms, especially now that the heat is on in the house.
Practice frequent hand washing–nothing gets rid of germs on your hands as well as washing them well with warm water and soap….and make sure that your kids wash their hands frequently as well. I always have my kids sing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing their hands to make sure that they are properly washing. I always make sure to keep some hand sanitizer and wipes in my purse for those times when I just can’t get to a sink.
What do YOU do to stay healthy during the winter months?