Healthy Tips to Navigate Holidays - Boston Clinical Trials

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Healthy Tips to Navigate Holidays

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# 1:  Avoid Multitasking

It’s easy to fall into the habit of grabbing food and inhaling it while getting other things

done. Don’t. Practice mindful eating. When eating, focus on your food, and your food

alone. Don’t eat while driving, gift wrapping, or cruising shopping malls. Always do your

best, even at parties, to sit down while eating. Look at your food. Appreciate its colors

and aromas. Savor each bite. You will feel good, both physically and emotionally.


#2:  Don’t Starve Yourself Before the Party

Remember to eat a healthy snack before you go to the holiday party! Then, when you

arrive to the party, enjoy other pleasures – good company, beautiful decorations,

smiling children. It will be much easier to make healthy choices at the buffet if you’re not



#3:  Get Enough Sleep

“The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher is your level of the stress hormone

cortisol, which makes you feel hungry,” says Dr. Stolyar, Clinical Investigator at Boston

Clinical Trials. “Worse, it’s not like you’re going to be ravenous for kale salad, it’s chips

and burgers that will be on your mind.”

When we are stressed, our bodies try to produce a chemical called serotonin to calm

down. The easiest way to do that is by eating high-fat, high-carb foods. That’s a wrong

way of dealing with stress. No matter how busy you are, keep your original sleep




#4:  Get Organized

There are so many things to do… and so little time to get ready! Your response? Be

organized. Put together the gift list and the to-do list. Then prune both ruthlessly! Ask

yourself, “If I don’t do this now, what’s going to happen?” Do less, enjoy more!


#5:  Share the Chores

We go overboard during the holidays: home decoration, shopping, cooking, sending

cards, you name it. But remember, you are not alone! Share your tasks with friends

and relatives- it makes it more fun!


Happy Holidays from BCT!

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