Many people are obese today not because they were born that way, but because they have forgotten about some of the healthy practices necessary for every individual.
Eating too much during the holidays is a problem that does not only face the adults or a particular age bracket or group of people. Rather, this is a problem that is faced by the youth, grownups and children in equal ratio.
No one is safe when it comes to the holiday err. It is easy to understand why and how this happens. Holidays involve coming together as families. This is the time when you want to offer your little family the time of their lives. You want them to eat to their fill, whatever they want.
So as the daddy you make sure you shop plenty of stuff and keep a large stock of food at home. You know what happens with the kids and the youngsters at home?
They are home all the time. Watching television dominates their daily programs. No schools, no homework to burden their thoughts at this season. So, bored as they may get, they will need some sort of entertainment.
What do you consider entertainment? Well, I do not expect you to actually answer. Just put yourself inside the head of a bored kid. They go for whatever provides the most ‘high’. Just the kind of ‘high’ you get from taking your favorite hard drink.
The latest movies would do, but food will be the preference. Children eat what there is in the house. And since they need something entertaining in the eating so they will go for the sweetest stuff in your holiday shopping.
What is the sweetest stuff you would opt for as a kid? With no knowledge about the downsides of the sweetness?
The snacks, no doubt. Sweet cakes, bacon, sweetest bread around, a lot of it. The biscuits are such a nice little pastime, if you are not aware. They can cause a nice little distraction as you crush and enjoy the crunchy sound and the effect that creates in the mood. Good times.
Popcorns. Not bad for sweeping away some intruding boredom. Popping them would do for the kids at these moments.
With all that oil in popcorns. With all that sugar in biscuits. With all that fat in fried foods. Imagine the health dangers the kids are exposed to. Imagine how long it would take them to accumulate sugar or fat in their bodies.
The tempting adult holiday lifestyle
These temptations are not just for the children. Most grownups make some of the most serious mistakes you can ever imagine of during the holidays. It is true a lot of tempting stuff unfold at such seasons.
These are the times you want to go around partying with friends. You will be offered some of the select dishes around. If not careful you will easily be tempted to eat everything. If not everything then anything you are offered.
Chances are that you may come across something that simply does not work for your system. You may be allergic to it or you may not respond to it favorably. The body is going to treat such meals as foreign and may react negatively. Your health may be affected.
In these occasions you may as well lose count of the meals you take. With some drink in the mix, you may just pick and eat-pick and eat. Before you know it you have taken too much for your digestion. So, what follows? Bloating stomach, aches…I do not want to mention nausea and possible diarrhea.
Temptations. Temptations may be more for a healthy lifestyle during times for the holidays. These are the times when overdrinking is common. You drink out with friends or with some family members.
The possibility of developing an addiction is on the looming. You do not want to appear as a nerd among your peers so you just keep taking more of what the binge can offer. No one notices that you are actually trying out a totally new thing so it is actually a win for you.
But it may be a severe loss for your health. You face a growing habit of drinking more and more of the substance. It could even be some smoking habit you develop because of hanging out with friends. And learning from those friends.
You do not have to be a victim of the holidays. You have a variety of mechanisms that can help you get through the holiday seasons unscathed. Want to take some?
Plan ahead. Always have a prior set of things you wish to do and how. For the case of those with kids, always make arrangements to limit their access to unhealthy foodstuffs or programs. Put in place everything that is going to help you achieve this as you approach the holidays so you do not get bumped up with the situations.
As you eat, remember to exercise regularly. Make exercises part of your regular routine so that the effect of possibly unhealthy meals can be neutralized.
Learn to say no! You must be aware of what works and what does not work for you. That way you will know what your limits are exactly. When you get there, end it. This is a question of self-awareness. You don’t want to forget this.
And, if you suspect that you are not fully self-aware, if you feel that there are areas you still are unsure about, then there is help. You are the type of persons why AwareMed exists. We at AwareMed are here to help you get all the relevant knowledge regarding how to sail safely through your delicate holiday festivities. Just get in touch with us.