59 – How to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

In this episode Dr. Dave gives you some of his favorite tips for staying healthy and keeping your sanity over the holiday season! Don’t gain that holiday weight! Keep healthy throughout the holidays.

 PARTY INVITATIONS – ACCEPT OR DECLINE
You do not have to accept every single holiday invitation you get. Choose the parties you want to go to based upon the people that will be there. You are not obliged to go any party for any reason. Start with deciding and choosing which parties you want to attend. Sometimes, you just need to say no. Need help saying NO? We did a whole show on the how and why to say NO: https://www.davidmadow.com/53-the-word-no-will-change-your-life/
 
EAT BEFORE YOU GO TO THE PARTY
Many times you may not know what will be served at a holiday party. Often many of the holiday type of treats and foods are not healthy. Your best bet is not go to these parties hungry. Eat a good solid healthy meal before heading out the door. You are going to the parties for the people, not the food!
 
DO YOU KNOW WHAT WILL BE SERVED AT THE EVENT?
Call the host and find out what is being served. Tell them you are on a special diet with some restrictions. You don’t want them to worry about what you can eat. You can bring your own food if they don’t have items on your list of foods you eat.
 
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD
You may just need to bring your own food and snacks! It could be nuts, crackers, veggies, a smoothie, etc. A few of my favorites are Justin’s Peanut Butter http://justins.com/ and Lydia’s crackers
http://lydiasorganics.com/.
 
LIMIT OR SKIP THE ALCOHOL
First, never drink and drive and always plan for designated driver. Second, you don’t have to drink at any or all of your holiday parties. Bring your own beverage or just get some more water in your diet that day. You may just want to limit yourself to a small tasting of a particular wine. There is no need or obligation to have alcohol at any holiday event.
 
REMEMBER TO EXERCISE
Keep getting those “Magic 4 Miles” in each day. Don’t get too busy to put yourself on the calendar. If the weather is really bad, you may have to hop on the treadmill. You can keep doing your at home workouts of pull-ups, squats, planks, and more.
 
START WORKING ON YOUR NEW YEAR’S GOALS
“80-90% of New Year’s Resolutions are broken or forgotten before January of each year is done,” says Dr. Dave. A New Year’s Goal is what you want to accomplish and focus on for the year! It is not something to do for a day or two or week or two. These are GOALS for the year.
 
Be sure to carry a copy of these goals with you to make sure you read them every day and often. You work on these goals until they come true! Also put a copy or photographs representing your goals on your vision board.
 
HOLIDAY GIFTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
Do not overspend on friends, family, co-workers, and loved ones. “Gifts do not mean Love. Love is Love. Love is not things!”, says Dr. Dave. “Please do not spend beyond your means!” Dr. Dave pleads. The stress of putting things on credit cards you cannot afford is far greater than the reward of any gift you could give to any person in your life. Make this the year to not going into debt for holiday gift giving!
 
TAKE EXTRA HOLIDAY MONEY AND PUT IN YOUR INVESTMENTS
How about a more modest gift giving plan this year? If you have any surplus money, then put that chunk in your investments for your retirement or your kid’s future college education.
 
DON’T DO BLACK FRIDAY!
Black Friday is absolute madness! It creates this frenzy of buying and people end up buying so much they don’t want or need. It is best to plan your buying and spending instead of getting lured in with deals for things that are not on your list.
 
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