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31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 12 and 13

Monday, December 13, 2010

I missed yesterday, as my day was filled with Church, food shopping, holiday decorating, football and WINE!!! But I'm back to business today!

December 12: Wash you hands!!

Wash your hands. The holiday season coincides with cold and flu season. Keep germs at bay by washing your hands well after shopping, visiting and more. No one wants sickness to interfere with their fun!

Well, this is just common sense good advice, and a reminder always helps. But I'm going to go a step further because of something that is going on in my life that I likely wouldn't think of but for what is going on in my life..

I have a brother in law who has cancer and who is pretty constantly having some kind of chemotherapy. The chemo keeps the cancer at bay, but pretty much destroys his resistance to just about anything. I never kiss him hello, nor do I let my son, ever, get in his face, even when T is perfectly healthy, he can say hello with a hug around his waist.. If T has a cold, we don't go anywhere near my BIL.

I am stunned at the number of parents, who are fully aware of my BIL's condition, that shove their kids into his face to give him a kiss hello, or who bring sick kids to events they don't belong at. I mean, helloooo, children, love them as we do, are little germ factories, whether they themselves are sick or not, never mind when they are all runny nosed and coughing up a storm.

My BIL does not ask for this kind of treatment, actually gets mad at me when I shoo my son, who by the way adores his uncle and godfather, away, but you know what? We dpn't enjoy each other any the less because of steps taken to keep germs away from him. In addition to people who are immunity deficient, keep this in mind around the elderly, and certainly other children!

So be wary of the germ issue, especially for folks who might have really important reasons to not be exposed. It is thoughtful and courteous, and helps everyone to stay healthy! And of course, wash those hands!!!

December 13 - Shop when full

Shop when full. Shopping on an empty stomach can lead to overeating on the unhealthy food court fare. Also stash some emergency healthy snacks in your car or purse. Try nuts, whole grain crackers,
and dried fruit.

I feel like I've devoted more time in this December journal on this topic than any other. But it is definitely one of the most important tips to keep in mind. The solution to being unexpectedly torpedoed while we are trying to stay on our journey to health is to have alternatives available when the snack monster strikes and we are hungry.

Listen, there are going to be times when we do indulge, and certainly we should not beat up on ourselves when we do give in, but the idea is to put us in the best position possible to succeed. Having something healthy to quell hunger does that.
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  • DETERMINEDJANET
    SO true about the not shopping while hungry! Gets me every time!
    3602 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    I hadn't had a chance to read today's tip, but boy did I follow it today! I had debated going out for pizza for lunch while my car was being worked on, but luckily I didn't and it didn't take them as long to fix it. I had brought some almonds with me to snack on. I then got my shopping done at Walmart and got a 6 inch Turkey sub at Subway! Score one for me!! Hope that you are having a great day!!
    3602 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    AMEN... all the way around. After the last six months I've pretty much become a conscious germophobe. We SCRUB our hands before we leave the house, when we come in and any other time it seems prudent... we actually always have, which makes our last six months a n even greater mystery.

    Something I've noticed since Olivia was born is that people are just not as vigilant about keeping thier little ones 'wiped up' as they were when I was a kid.... It seems to me that every little kid I know (other than my own) more often than not has a constantly runny nose and a rather green, sloppy face and DIRTY fingernails... and washing hands after eating seems to be a lost courtesy! I have actually washed kids down after they come in the door before I turn them loose to play in my house! I also do the same with Olivia as you do with Tony around people who are vulnerable. Have you also noticed that people don't stay home when they are sick?

    Bottom line, I'd rather have people think I'm weirdly paranoid about germs than contribute to the malaise around us.

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    Ramona
    3602 days ago
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