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Published on November 16, 2016

Navigating the holidays: Tips for maintaining good healthNavigating the holidays: Tips for maintaining good health

Believe it or not, we are just one week away from Thanksgiving – a tradition that encompasses family, friends, gratefulness and of course delicious home cooked meals.

Most of our holiday favorites are not known for being healthy. Many are especially high in calories, sugar and fats. If you’re starting to feel a bit anxious about what the upcoming holiday season means for your health and diet, you’re not alone. What is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, can also deliver a heavy dose of stress for those who hope to stick to a healthy lifestyle, including loosing or maintaining weight. According to Stanford, the average American puts on at least one pound during the holidays – which may not sound like a lot until you add that year after year.

So what can you do to maintain good health this season? Glad you asked, because we’re here to help.

In this special edition of the Cape Cod Health News newsletter, we’ve pulled together some of our very best stories that promote total holiday health, focusing on making smart nutrition choices while also including tips for traveling and supporting strong mental health. Take a look below to see all of the stories featured in this Cape Cod Health News Extra:

300How to celebrate – and stay healthy – this holiday season

Our dietician gives her 10 best strategies for eating healthy during the holidays; and still be the life of the party.

 

300Benefits from our local bogs

Cranberries contain powerful nutrition, but how much depends upon their preparation.

 

Thanksgiving is a verb. Practice it for a healthier you

Thankfulness and generosity not only helps others, but can boost your immune system and your mood.

Don’t let “cafeteria germs” crash your holiday dinner

Food bacteria is a risk when you prepare a big feast. These kitchen safety tips will help your family have happy holidays.

 

travel-tipsYour ticket for a healthy flight

Common sense tips can help ease the stress of air travel and reduce your risk of getting sick from a recent flight.

 

300Nutrition Corner: Update grandma’s outdated recipes

Most recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation can be made healthier without losing the great taste and memories you love.