Greetings dear friend,
Now we are truly in thick of the Holiday Season! Festivities, seasonal parties, cooking special meals, and traveling or hosting a holiday meal can be great fun, but also take it out of you. If you have any ideas on coping with the busy holiday season or ideas on inspirational books, games, or movies that you want to share, go ahead and send them here. I’d love to hear about them, and share them with the community. And if you know of anyone who would appreciate Meta Hacks like the ones this week, go ahead and have them subscribe here.
Here are my 5 hacks for this Holiday week.
1. Eat sensibly.
Food is a major theme of the holidays. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, food excesses can lead to digestive troubles, weight gain and a feeling of sluggishness. The best way to prevent these issues is to know when you’ve had enough. Eat slowly, go easy on the fried appetizers, meats, desserts, cream sauces and drink plenty of water. Be selective and choose the food that you most enjoy.
2. Stay active
Don’t neglect physical activities during the holidays. Not only is it good for your health, exercise can help you decrease stress and give you the energy to make the most of the holiday season. Not only will exercise help you feel better, you’ll also burn more calories, which may be helpful if you find yourself indulging a little bit more than usual.
3. Limit your consumption of alcohol
There will be numerous occasions to raise a glass with family and friends during the holidays. However, drinking to excess can cause serious damage to your body, not just cause a hangover. Drinking and driving is exceptionally dangerous. So, enjoy the fun, family and festivities, but go light on the alcohol.
4. Keep your viruses to yourself
Handshakes, kisses and hugs are great ways to spread colds, the flu and gastroenteritis. Prevent them by washing your hands often and keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Remind people who are coughing or sneezing to cover their mouths with their elbows. Keep a small bottle of antibacterial gel on hand or leave a big bottle out for everyone to use. Keep your distance from people who have a cold at gatherings and parties. Finally, if you are feeling sick, stay in bed. It’s better to miss a party than to share a cold with all your relatives!
5. Practice food safety
A turkey stuffed the night before can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Buffets left at room temperature for too long can also present risks. Follow the basic rules for safely preparing, manipulating, cooking and storing food: wash your hands often; thoroughly clean all cooking utensils and work surfaces; avoid cross-contamination of cooked food coming into contact with raw meat or poultry; cook foods at recommended temperatures; and refrigerate all leftovers right after the meal.
Daniel, Founder & CEO
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