Holy Toledo is all I can say about my Thanksgiving. Family came north, stayed a few days and then prior to heading home, gave us an early Christmas present -- the stomach flu. It took 12 of the 16 of us down for the count. What I thought might be food poisoning turned into a healthy virus that is contagious and hits hard with no mercy. The doctors and nurses said this flu may spread pretty quickly during Christmas and New Year's as families gather. So here's the heads up to get out the sanitizers, wash those hands and keep your hands and feet to yourself. (Never mind the last one. I thought I was back in school.)
Always one to preach about wellness and reducing stress, there I was sicker than I had been in many years. It was as if our family was on a hit list: Carefully hiding out, avoiding personal contact and making an occasional phone call to see who fell to the demise of the Thanksgiving plague. We each gave ourselves a number as we went down, while those with a better immune system held out victorious. I was the fourth stricken and, because I hadn't been taking in the liquids my body required, I needed IVs from the ER to get me through this family epidemic. My five-cups-of-coffee-a-day routine threw my organs into overdrive. With good advice for the umpteenth time, I've started my day with a glass of water rather than a hot cup of Joe. It actually makes me feel more wide awake, a little fuller and definitely less chatty. I think my husband likes the last one.
The month of December brings on events from concerts to dinner parties. If you really don't want to attend them all then don't. it's OK to say "no" occasionally. It's better to eat healthy all the time but during a season where the spread is more apt to be filled with sweet stuff, and add to that rushing to take care of family needs, you may be tempted to slip into the fast food world. If possible it may be better to cook a few things ahead of time, freeze them and thaw when needed so you may continue to eat healthy.
If you are afraid you may overeat at a dinner party, a glass of water before eating will help you to slow down and fill you up a bit. The ideas I listed may or may not be something you already do but a gentle reminder from someone who hid out for a while and is grateful to be upright and mobile again is always worth heeding. After all, good health is something we all want and it's definitely on my Christmas list.