Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

As the holidays come rolling into town so many people have problems with trying to prevent that holiday weight gain. They love getting together with family and friends weather at home or at office parties with coworkers, but they dread that 10+ pounds that somehow  seems to accumulate between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
There are many dietary fads  that have existed for ages but are not necessarily healthy ways to control your appetite. Here are a few ideas to minimize the weight gain and to  actually lose a couple of pounds.
1. Keep the drinking to a comfortable minimum, and utilize red wine as opposed  to hard liquor. The resveratrol in red wine is very healthy for you as it is an antioxidant. Liquor carries a great many calories including large amounts of sugar.
2 . Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day to hydrate your body. This is essential for normal organ function and will make you feel less hungry.
3. Eat small meals throughout the day so that it curbs your appetite. Large meals every difficult for your body to digest and absorb. Eating small amounts of food every couple of hours decreases the bodies release of insulin. Large meals request much more insulin and that  could force a low blood sugar episode and make you crave more food.
4. Try to eat salad and vegetables or even a low-carb protein shake before going to a big party. This would tend to fill you up sooner and also have some food to absorb the alcohol, as opposed to drinking on an empty stomach. Alcohol with its sugars also make insulin spike and can create low blood sugar.
5. Make sure that you incorporate exercise daily as part of a good health maintenance program. You can go to the gym, walk or jog in the park or something as simple as walking laps around your block or nearby park , school or track.
Daily walking will bring a great deal of oxygen into your tissues and help circulate your vitamins minerals and hormones to all your organs. It is invigorating as well as stimulating to receive better delivery of all of these important components.
Thumbnail Credit: Photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, Vogue, October 1995

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Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham's, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at