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Bring in the New Year in a Healthy Way

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The holidays are here and with Christmas behind us, many are looking ahead to New Years. But just because it is the season of sweets and lots of treats it doesn’t mean you have to indulge in everything you see. It can be a loosing battle for you mentally and your waistline. Instead of over eating this last week of the New Year, considers healthy alternatives. These tips will help you end the New Year in a healthy way.

Drink More Water

Chances are you are not drinking enough water. Most people are dehydrated and they do not even realize it. A good rule to follow is to try to aim for half your body weight in water ounces everyday. This will help fill you up and you will feel clearer in the mind. You can keep a water bottle with you at all times to ensure you reach this goal. Drinking a lot of water can help stimulate your digestive system, help detox your body and it will help improve your oral health as well. “Drinking water can help flush out the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth,” says, Dr. Benjamin De Graff, a dentist in Portland OR.

Avoid Stuffing Yourself

Feeling stuffed and bloated is never any fun. You can be more healthy, and feel more balanced with less in your stomach. When we overeat it is often unplanned. Think about your food as you chew and chew your food a long time. This can rev up your digestive system and help you avoid overeating. When we eat too much we become tired and stressed out. These small subtle shifts can make a big difference.

Enjoy and Real Treats

Instead of trying to cut back on calories by choosing low fat or alternatives to holiday treats, give yourself permission to eat the good stuff. This will help you feel more satisfied and often eat less in the long run. Most holiday foods have a lot of sugar so it is wise to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after you eat them, says Dr. Bos, a Dentist in Gladstone, OR.

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